For the first time ever, the City of Brampton is hosting a Garba Festival as part of the Navratri celebrations happening over the month of October.

Garba features traditional music and dance, and Gujirati food, in celebration of the nine-day Navratri festival, which is recognized by Hindu communities worldwide. Brampton’s event will have live music, dancing, food and arrti (a prayer ceremony), all in celebration of what makes up India’s heritage and culture.

Garba itself refers to a traditional dance performed around earthen lamps that are lit around a representation of the Hindu Goddess Shakti, who is the personification of feminine creative power and dynamic energy.

The event is part of Brampton’s Community Recognition Program; the City is hosting a series of cultural celebrations throughout the year in honour of the city’s diversity.

Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as donations which will go to the Knights Table, Seva Food Bank and Ste. Louise Outreach.

Guests are advised to arrive early in order to avoid disappointment as the venue has a limited capacity of 4,000 attendees in the building, with only 1,200 guests permitted on the dance floor at a time. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

This colourful and immersive South Asian festival takes place on Friday, October 18, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the CAA Centre. For more details chick here.