Diwali Dance! Garba & Dandiya Raas

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Join in celebrating the South Asian festivals of Navratri, Durga Puja, and Diwali!

Activities include Rangoli/Kolam and the traditional folk dances Garba Raas & Dandiya Raas.

We’ll have some delicious eats and chai by Desi PDX and Bombay Chaat House Pdx!

We’re excited to celebrate these South Asian holidays with you!
Though each holiday has Hindu/religious roots, this party will be secular. All faiths are invited to participate!

Diwali is known as the “Festival of Lights” and is celebrated as the day that “evil” was defeated by “good” from the epic tale of Ramayana when Lord Rama defeated the evil demon Ravana returning all light to India after a very long period of darkness. Its celebrated by family gatherings, sweets, new clothes, lighting diyas (candles), lighting fireworks in the streets, dancing and bringing people together!

Navratri is a festival that celebrates the Goddess Durga with nine nights of dancing, one for a different form of the Goddess. The 10th day is known as Dussehra,
or Durga Puja which celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura .
Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil as well! Durga Puja is celebrated 20 days before Diwali.

Garba and Dandiya Raas are two types of folk dancing that occur during Navratri. Each entail a set of steps that are repeated in unison with a large group in a circle.
Dandiya Raas adds the excitement of wooden sticks and a faster beat! All steps are very basic and suited for all ages, abilities and levels!

Rangoli/Kolam is a form of drawing mandalas or patterns with colored sand, rice flour, crushed flower petals or chalk. These auspicious designs are created in the entry way of homes on Diwali as a form of good luck.

NOTE:
We will have dandiyas that can be borrowed but PLEASE bring your own (and extra) if you have some!

Please wear some bright colored clothing including Ghagra Choli/Chaniya Choli/Lehenga Choli, Salwar Kameez, Kurta, Sari, etc!
You will be asked to take your shoes off near the entrance.

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If you are South Asian and want to share how you celebrate Diwali and collaborate, please contact us.
We’d love to have your ideas in creating this event.


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Date/Time
Date(s) -   Saturday, November 5th
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space -JAMS

Address
8114 SE Division St.
Portland
OR

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