can be described as a land of festivals as well. Festivals are essential
threads woven in the fabric of Indian society. There are special occasions
for social get-together with family, friends and neighbours to forge new
bonds and strengthen the existing ones. There are probably more festivals
and occasions for celebrations than there are days in a year. All these
celebrations have religious, seasonal and social elements to them.
There are different dresses for different occasions. Lehenga choli is most
popular Indian wedding dress which is also worn at other festive occasions
as well. Well known among the Rajhastani, but this outfit has gained
popularity and nowadays worn with greater relish and styles all over. Some
festivals and celebrations in India which compell an Indian lady to wear a
ghagra choli are as follows:
This is perhaps the most well-known of all the Indian festivals. The
festival of lights enlightens our lives each year with memories of the past
and illuminates our future with hope and joy. Ladies wear simple lehenga
choli on this day.
This is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women seeking the
longevity, well-being and prosperity of their husbands. It is popular
amongst married women in the northern and western parts of India,
especially, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. This
festival comes 9 days before Diwali. On this day, in the evening, women
dress up in special clothes, usually a red or pink sari or an intricately
embroidered 'lehenga-choli'. Some even wear their bridal costume.
Teez is a festival to mark the advent of monsoon and celebrated in
Rajasthan. Women in Rajasthan dress up in bright coloured ghagra cholis
during this festival.
Dandia is the most awaited traditional dance festival in India celebrated
very lavishly in Gujarat. It is a must for every Gujarati ladies to wear
Ghagra cholis during this festival. Apart from Gujarat, Dandiyas are also
performed nowadays in other states & cities like Mumbai.
Eid is one of the famous fastivals when Muslim women wear this costume.