New Delhi: The festival of Navratri is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals. The nine-day long festival is celebrated to honour Goddess Durga. Each day, one of her nine different forms is worshipped. Many fast and avoid food grains like rice, wheat and pulses for nine consecutive days. But Navratri, which began this year on September 21, is also popular for its vibrant garba and dandiya nights. Garba and dandiya are folk dances from Gujarat and Rajasthan that are traditionally played during Navratri. The US Consulate in Mumbai recently held a friendly dandiya dance off between its Indian and American staff. And what's more, the Internet helped pick the winner.
On social media, the US Consulate documented everything from the rehearsals to a trip to buy the perfect chaniya cholis (embroidered blouses, colourful lehengas and mirror-work dupattas) as well as kafni pyjamas, ghagras and pagadis.
Watch Team USA go to Mumbai's famous Powar Dresswalle to pick up their dandiya outfits:
Watch the dandiya dance off below:
The US Consulate asked the Internet to vote for their favourite team. The efforts of both Team India and Team USA impressed many on social media.
"Both the teams are fabulous. But I'll vote for team USA since it's their first time. They are simply fantastic," wrote one person.
"We must appreciate their efforts to match with our team. In my opinion, each one is winner," wrote another.
"Good performance by both teams but I think it was nice of the US team to try a new dance style absolutely alien to their styles and they were very gracious in the dance performance," commented a third.
But, there could be only one winner. And the results were announced on social media just 16 hours before writing this.
Find out who won the dandiya dance off:
Congratulations Team USA! And congratulations on a great effort Team India!
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