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 Post subject: Culture of Baroda (Vadodara)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:30 pm 
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The city of Vadodara is predominantly a Hindu city with population close to two million. The city is a highly crowded city with more than 10000 people per square km population density. The people in Vadodara are mostly vegetarian though the youth have taken to eating of meats and other savories. The populace of the city have been known for their tolerance and emotional maturity; justifying the name 'Cultured-City' for Vadodara.

The Multilingual Culture. The average Vadodara resident is a born multilingual. Gujarati, the official language of the state, is spoken and understood by all. You can find Marathi, the legacy of the Maratha rulers in some pockets. Hindi, the national language is also understood by all. The large number of English and Public Schools has facilitated the spread of the English language. So any tourist with a smattering of the language can roam around freely, may be even without a guide.

The Festival City. This is a city of festivities and gaiety. All the festivals of various religious communities are celebrated with equal fervor. You will find the Hindus of Vadodara hugging their Muslim neighbors on Eid and participating in the gaiety of the Christmas celebrations too.

The people here need the flimsiest of reason to celebrate. The New Year holds a huge attraction for the youth and also the business houses, but for disparate reasons. The splurging of one is the earning of the other. The schools and colleges generally remain closed during the Christmas holidays and the festivities end only in the New Year

The youth of the city have ascribed the stature of a festival to the Valentine's Day. The malls, shopping arcades and the city are decorated on each 14th day of February. The discotheques in the city, though only a few in number are jam packed with gyrating bodies.

The Worshippers of Womb. All the Hindu festivals are celebrated with that singular Vadodara flavor of joviality. But the most central of them is the festival of Navaratri, celebrated in the month of November. The fasting and dancing ritual in this festival continues for nine days. The Goddess Durga or Shakti is worshipped during this festival. The culmination is the Garba, a night long dance where the boys and girls, men and women of all ages participate. The word Garba, the womb, signifies the worship of mother and the human birth. The church advocates to procreate and here the womb is worshipped, we sure do live in a small world.


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