Posted by : Prashant April 21, 2012
Fair & Festivals in Vadodara
Vadodara is the cultural capital of Gujarat state. It is popularly called as Sanskari Nagari meaning cultured city. Festivals celebrated there also offer the insights of rich culture and traditions of the people of Vadodara. Vadodara is known for its vibrant culture and traditions. The city celebrates all major festivals of India with much pomp and show. Along with the Deepawali and Dussera the city also hosts its prominent festival and cultural events with great zeal and zest.
Among prominent festivals of Vadodara the festival of Navratri is of upmost importance. Navratri literally means nine nights and that is exactly the festival is celebrated for nine days (nights). Navratri is a colorful festival of the state of Gujarat. The festival is celebrated in honor of goddess Durga. Though the festival is also celebrated in other parts of the country, celebration of the festival in Vadodara and other part of the state of Gujarat assumes significance owing to its attractive dance forms of Ras and Garba performed on the occasion.
The International Kite festival is another major cultural event hosted in Vadodara along with other parts of the state. The Kite festival is organized every year on 14th January. The festival also coincides with the festival of Uttarayan which is also known as Makara Sankranti in other parts of the country and is marked by the cosmological event of the Sun entering into the axis of Capricorn. On the occasion of the festival in Vadodara thousand of colorful kites are seen flying high in the blue sky offering fascinating view to the thousands of visitors gathered on the occasion.