Baroda is often named as the ‘Sanskari City, as it is the cultural capital of Gujarat. You can be a part of so many festivals that happen all year round in Baroda. Most of the festivals in Vadodara are accompanied with a dance called Garba. The city celebrates all the major Indian festivals with vigors like Holi, Diwali and much more. Vadodara Navratri Festival is one of the most popular among the many. If you want something other than traditional Indian festivals, you have plenty of choices on food festivals, shopping festivals and other outdoor fairs as well, which the city offers.
Traditional festivals are celebrated all over India, but festivals in Vadodara have a special charm. This city really proves itself as the center of all the celebrations. Take a look at their wondrous Navratri celebrations and you will know why. Vadodara Navratri Festival is celebrated through a span of nine days. In praise of the goddess Durga, the people perform Garba in front of the deities. They put on colorful clothes and dance from evening till midnight. You can also join their infectious dance and melody if you’re visiting the city at the time of this festival. To add to your enjoyment, they also organize fairs and carnivals, which sell lip-smacking foods and local handicrafts. Uttarayana is another festival in Vadodara, which is also known as Makar Sankranti in the rest of the country. The festival celebrates the sun’s gradual entry into the Northern Hemisphere. This festival takes second place after the Vadodara Navratri Festival. People of Baroda prepare certain delicacies during the festival. They also fly kites to celebrate this occasion. Take this opportunity to hone your kite-flying skills and if you’re a pro, enjoy some good competition. Ganesh Chaturthi, popular mostly in Maharashtra, also follows a huge celebration in Baroda. It is followed by installing pandals on the streets. You can go pandal hopping and also enjoy so many events and fairs happening around the city. After a ten-day celebration, the clay idol of Ganesha is immersed in the Sursagar lake.
Apart from festivals, there are a lot of events and fairs, you can attend while you’re visiting Baroda. If you’re in a mood for shopping, attend any of the Vadodara shopping festivals. Gujarat Utsav Shopping festival provides you with a huge amount of products to choose from. Exhibitions and fairs are held throughout the year so you don’t need to worry about missing them. Vadodara literature festival is a dream come true for every literature lover. Gujarat Literature Fest is held every year in January in Baroda. Many famous authors speak at the fest. Baroda is very famous for its street food and when you’re in the city, you should not miss the food events that occur. Vadodara food festival is one of the popular ones you should opt for. They have foods starting from the famous Gujarati Thali and street foods like Sev Usal, Jalebi and many kinds of Farsan that Baroda is famous for.