That's the ancient definition of Navratri & Dashera. Now comes to the modern world where Navratri means, masti, Garba, Dandiya, fun, food and lot more.
In Ahmedabad young girls & boys are so excited about navratri that they start preparing for coming nine days before few months. Preparations??
- Beauty parlor appointments
- Shopping for new Chaniya-Choli or Kediyu-Dhoti - 9 pairs
- Shopping for matching jewelery/accessories
- Shopping for matching footwear
- Ticket bookings for famous party plots where these Garba-Dandiya are going to organize.
- and more
Gujjus are known for their celebrations and enthusiasm for any festivals. And they are die hard fan and follower of Navratri-Garba/Dandiya. I stay in Noida - Delhi and when Navratri approaches, my search for places where dandiya party takes place starts. Now, we have a Gujarati group in Noida and this year we are organizing 3 night dandiya mahotsav in Sector-50 Community Hall. I am planning to go there and enjoy each bit of it for 3 nights. I am also a die hard fan of Dandiya and whenever on any Gujarati Channel i see garba, I start performing same in my TV room. My daughter looks at me with puzzled & questioned face. The emotion i see on her face is - "Mom what are you doing and what are you up to.... Please stop it.... :-)" As soon as i hear sound of Garba or Dandiya music, my legs start feeling the thump and my hand start feeling the movement. Wow!! What a feeling... I think Punjabi people might be feeling same when they hear Bhangra music or song.
I have plan to enjoy all 3 nights of navratri and forget all my worries.
Happy Navratri to all!!!!