Ghoomar is a popular folk dance of Rajasthan that displays the rich culture and heritage of the land, and is said to be a symbol of womanhood for the tribes of Rajasthan. Its name is derived from the word `ghoomna` of ghaghra i.e. the flowing of ghaghra, a long skirt of Rajasthani women.

It is majorly performed by the women of Bhil and the Rajput community during fairs and festivals, and is considered as a rite of passage, in which young girls tell the world that they are now stepping into womanhood. The women performing the ghoomar dance are dressed in traditional ghaghra and choli with chunari and they beautify their attire with traditional silver jewellery and glass bangles.

The ghoomar dance was traditionally performed in worship of Goddess Saraswati, but has now evolved into a modern, more upbeat version of itself. Some men also perform the dance, creating a symphony of sound and movement with beating palms, snapping fingers and elaborate twirls. The women are decked to the nines in a ghaghra or chaniya (skirt) with a choli (blouse), and heavy silver ornaments and kundan jewellery.

The dance is generally performed extensively at weddings and other special occasions, during which women don vibrant ghaghra-choli in hues of red, orange, green, blue etc., embellished with heavy mirror-work and gota patti (lacework on a piece of cloth).

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