Gujarat – Culture, and Tradition

Gujarat – Culture and Tradition

Gujarat is also known as the “Jewel of Western India”. This place is famous for its unique and rich culture. While, it is bordered by Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and the Arabian Sea. This place is home to Gujars. Who ruled the area during the 700’s. Keep reading to get to know about Gujarat Culture.

This place was the main center of the Indus Valley Civilization and Harappan civilization. Gujarati culture is a blend of their beliefs, customs, inventions, values, and technology.

Gujarat Traditions

Gujarat Culture

Gujarat carries its own culture and tradition. That is clearly visible in day to day activities of its people. Fairs and festivals are very popular. About 1000 festivals are celebrated in Gujarat.

Gujarat has its own different wedding traditions too. The marriage is performed according to Vedas. It consists of prayers, invocations, and vows that are recited in Sanskrit. The wedding ceremony takes place in the mandap and the four pillars that surround the mandap.

The ceremony is performed in the presence of a sacred fire also called angina. It is the eternal witness of the marriage, and all vows are taken.Gujarat Culture.

Gujarati Language

Indo-Aryan language that evolved from Sanskrit Gujarati is spoken in Gujarat. People of Kutch speak Kutchi. Memoni is also spoken among Sindhi memons and Muslims.

Gujarati Costumes

gujarati dress

This place has its own unique cultural dressing. The main dress of women is Chaniyo & Choli. While men wear Chorno & Kediyu. Both males and females wear jewelry. The outfits of Gujaratis usually have thread work. Along with the use of beads, astragals, small patches which add creativity to Gujarati dresses.Gujarat Culture.

Gujarati Cuisines

Gujarati cuisines

The cuisines of Gujaratis are one of the healthiest cuisines in India. They are primarily vegetarian. A thali consists of roti, dal, rice, and sabzi with Indian pickle. Some of the dishes are dhokla, pathra, samosa, Khaman. While sweet dishes are mohanthal, jalebi, doodh pak.

Gujarati Music and dance

Garba

The folk music of Gujarat is called Sugam Sangeet. The instrument used are Turi, bungal, pava, Ravan hat tho, ektaro, and Jantar. The folk dance is Raas-Garba. It is very popular in Gujarat. Chaniya choli is worn by women while Kedia is worn by men. They dance during Navratri celebrations. A part of Gujarat Culture.

Famous tourist attractions

Somnath temple
Somnath Temple, Gujarat

Gujarat is now one of the most popular states for tourism in India. Mostly known for the beautiful Great Rann of Kutch and hills of Saputara. Many holy temples, historic capitals, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, hill resorts are also available to visit.

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