The Cosmopolitan City of India celebrates all the festivals in a unique style and passion. Festivals such as Diwali, Uttarayana, Holi, Eid, Gudi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti and Maha Shivaratri are celebrated with much fanfare.
“Navratri” and “Uttarayan” are the principal festivals in Vadodara and holds a special place, Navratri (Dussehra) during those 10 days people used to celebrate with their traditional Dance called “Garba”. The goddess Shakti or Durga is worshipped during these 10 days. Navratri comes in the months of October or November, many people fast during these days for 9 days and in the 10th-day men and women offer food to the goddess, men, and women dance with enthusiasm to the traditional songs. These celebrations are must be seen.
Uttarayan is called Makar Sankranthi is another important festival of Vadodara is celebrates the sun’s travel towards northern hemisphere the Tropic of Capricorn after the winter solstice. Kite flying is the main course of this festival celebrated with joy and Grandeur. People gather on their terraces to fly kites to welcome Sun after the winter. Kite festival is quite popular among India and the worlds, the participants from all other states of India and kite experts from more than 12 countries kite experts will come here to participate. Uttarayana is celebrated in the month of January 14 and officially the kite festival will starts from January 7th or 8th and up to January 14th.
Food in Gujarat
Gujarati foods make a predominant place in the hearts of people. In Vadodara, most people practice Vegetarianism. Gujarati dishes usually have a very precise and are distinct from other Indian cuisines. Most of the Gujarati dishes are sweet, while others have a quite larger concentration of sugar as compared to salt and spices. Sometimes, jaggery is used as an alternative to sugar.
Gujarati Thali is popular food in Vadodara and is famous for its selection and taste of dishes. It includes Chapatis, Bhakhris, Corn Rotis and varieties of vegetables, pulses, rice and salads, pickles, curd, etc. Some of the dishes are stir-fried some are boiled with the special combination of different spices to cook make their food truly exotic.
Farsan (Side snack) is the popular food of Vadodara, with a mix of potato and crispy fried bread flavored with chutney, spices, yogurt, and coriander. Sev Usal another important snack consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles with lots of sev and boiled potatoes and chopped onions. The other important foods like vadapav, Dhokla a soft food item can be eaten as a snack or as the main course, made with fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas.