Festivals In Gujarat
The festival of Navratri, is an inseparable part of the cultural indentity of Gujarat.
This festival of worship Divine Mother Goddess is celebrated with great splendour and gaiety for nine days in October November. This is the magical time of the year when devotees fast all day and dance throughout the night, performing the traditional dandiya ras and garba dance with verve, devotion and bonhomie, The colours of the mirror-worked ghagras of dancers swinging to the loud music are a Diwali treat.
The festival of lights follows Navratri. As in other parts of the country, Diwali is celebrated with great grandeur in Vadodara. The whole city is decked up in twinkling lights and the noise of firecrackers. Houses are lit up with earthen lamps and the entrance to each household is marked with beautiful designs made out of coloured powder called rangolis. The day after Diwali is known as Kartik Sud 1 in the Hindu calendar, and marks the beginning of the New Year.
Vadodara (Baroda) is known as the cultural capital of Gujarat. It holds a special importance in the state because of the rapid growth of industrial, commercial, educational, cultural activities in the city. Situated on the banks of the river Vishwamirti. Vadodara represents a unique confluence of education. arts and business.
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU) is a highly respected institution of higher learning, globally known for its departments of fine arts, performing arts. technology, management and medicine. Due to the mushrooming of large number of reputed educational institutions, it is not surprising that Vadodara is fast becoming an IT hub of Gujarat.
Cosmopolitan in culture, the city celebrates all religious and cultural festivals with verve and enthusiasm. With its ancient and illustrious history, the places worth seeing in the city include palaces, museums, gardens and historical monuments. Well known for its arts and handicrafts, shopping in Vadodara is an experience in itself.