Festivals of Godhra
Festivals in Godhra exemplifies dance, dramas and other cultural programmes, which has thus made Godhra so popular for its dynamic traditions of classical and folk music that is played by its local folks. The traditional or religious culture of Godhra includes music and dance in the form of Garba. The Garbi as well as the Raas and other music, dance and drama have become much popular and creates attention of many tourists. Raas and Garba are the two different forms of dance which was spread by Lord Krishna (a Hindu Diety), when He was playing flute during His childhood. There is no doubt that Lord Krishna played flute even after He grew-up, but these two dance forms are founded by Him during His earlier age at the time He was playing the flute.
Also, the whole culture of Gujarat impacts on the mythology of the Hindu God Krishna, as described in the Puranas. The ancient Raslila dance became the traditions by itself, as these traditions are performed to honor Krishna and find their contemporary manifestation in the popular dance called Garba.
Most of the fairs and festivals in Godhra, Gujarat are celebrated through various dance forms, among which Garba is the one. Garba dance was performed initially during the Navratri festival. Apart from Godhra or complete state of Gujarat, Navratri Festival is also celebrated throughout India.
Navratri Festival in GodhraNavratri's inner meaning includes – Nav means
‘Nine’, Ratri meaning ‘Night’, which means ‘9 Nights’. During these 9 days (both day and night)
Goddess Durga will be worshiped and also fasting will be done during these 9 days.
Also commonly held celebration is 'Bhavai' during Navratri. Bhavai includes popular, rural, as well as comic drama which depicts several aspects of rural life; and these roles found in Bhavai are participated by both male and female.
Kite Festival in GodhraKite Festival which is celebrated in Godhra creates a new record of religious tradition that merges with economic development.
Godhra, the ‘Land of the Festivals’ keeps its traditions live during every occasion; and during the time of reaping a golden field, as well as during a religious event and rich mythological traditions.
Modhera Dance Festival
The Sun temple at Modhera which is found to be the most beautiful background during the festival of Indian classical programmes, where Modhera Dance Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January for about three days.
This annual festival of dance is organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat.
Other Fairs and Festivals in GodhraAlmost all the festivals of India are celebrated inside and surrounding places of Godhra with equal zeal and enthusiasm. Some of the other popular fairs and festivals of Godhra are – Rathayatra festival, the Holi, Diwali festival, and fairs such as – Bhadra Purnima Fair, the Mahadev Fair, as well as Shamlaji Mela and lot more.
Another Fair called 'The Trinetreshwer Mahadev Fair' at Tarnetar is one among the big fairs that is held near the town of 'Thangadh' near Godhra city. This festival is celebrated in the first week of ‘Bhadrapad’ (August-September) in which tribal youth find their suitable brides.