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Garba's UNESCO Recognition: Indian-American Celebrations Illuminate Times Square

Indian-Americans gathered at Times Square, New York, rejoicing Garba's UNESCO recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. The celebratory event, organized by the Federation of Indian Associations NY-NJ-CT-NE, showcased traditional Garba performances, symbolizing unity and cultural richness.

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Amidst a vibrant atmosphere at Times Square, New York, Indian-Americans united in celebration following UNESCO's historic acknowledgment of Gujarat's Garba dance. The Federation of Indian Associations NY-NJ-CT-NE orchestrated a jubilant gathering on Thursday to honor Garba's inclusion in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

The iconic square buzzed with fervor as people adorned in traditional Gujarati attire showcased Garba, a cultural emblem, to the beats of the famous song 'Dhol baaje.' The video of this cultural extravaganza quickly became viral on social media, reflecting the community's elation.

UNESCO's recognition of Garba occurred during the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Botswana. This significant inclusion underlines Garba's role as a unifying force, fostering social inclusivity and gender diversity.

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PM Narendra Modi lauded Garba's global recognition, emphasizing its significance as a celebration of life and India's rich traditions. He expressed pride in showcasing the beauty of Indian culture to the world through Garba's inscription on the Intangible Heritage List.

Garba, deeply rooted in ritualistic and devotional practices, symbolizes reverence to 'Shakti' during Navratri. The dance revolves around an earthenware pot or an image of the goddess Amba, illuminating the festival's fervor.

The UNESCO acknowledgment solidifies Garba's prominence, highlighting its cultural significance and inspiring efforts to preserve and propagate this cherished heritage for future generations.

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