Garba Queen of Midwest Bharti Desai Rocks Chicago
Oct 14, 2016 7:38 AM -
Chicago IL: Gandhi Samaj of Chicago, one of the oldest cultural organizations of Indian-Americans in the U.S., presented "Bharti Desai Midwest Queen of Garba" on Saturday - October 8, 2016 at Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge. This auspicious event was celebrated by over 700 GSC members, friends, and well-wishers. For the Garba, as usual, members adorned beautiful and traditional attire for Chaniya-Choli and Kurta-pajama. The whirling dancers, clapping hands, distinct sound of wooden 'Dandia' striking together, toe tapping music and people wearing vibrant colorful clothes marked the Navratri celebration at the Garba & Dandiya Raas dances held all over Chicagoland. This is part of the worship of Durga Mata who symbolizes the victory of God over Evil. Navratri celebration marks a festival of nine nights during which Hindus worship goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, the goddesses of health, prosperity and knowledge, respectively. While Navratri and Dussehra (the 10th day) are celebrated by Hindus with regional variations, the most famous one is from the state of Gujarat.