The Gujarati festival Navratri is billed by local people as the world’s longest dance festival. Translated into English as ‘a nine-day celebration’, worship and revelry go hand-in-hand and the celebrations make for a striking spectacle. The religious aspect of the festival sees nine manifestations of the Goddess Amba worshipped on each of the nine nights of Navratri.
Navratri is a powerful tourist attraction. Over the nine nights people take to the streets in traditional dress and dance anywhere and everywhere. Everyone dances to the melodic Gujarati folk songs, and tastes the fine food of Gujarat, including delicacies Jalebi, Fafda and other traditional savouries.
The Hindu festival of Navratri, celebrated in the Tamil month of Purattasi across India’s westernmost state of Gujarat, is held this year from 29 September to 7 October.
Hall 5.2b / Stands, 205, 205a