Dang Darbar honours the tradition of rulers and other heads of villages gathering for durbars during the British rule over India. The tradition continues today in the Dangs, a tribal dominated district, as many of the former Rajas and Naiks are still accorded status unlike the princely families whose title and privy purses were abolished.
Dang Darbar is normally held in March-April each year just a few days before Holi.
Dang Darbar takes place in the Ahwa of the Dang district in the Saputara Hills.
Tribal dances of the region are spectacular to watch. People move in concentric circles holding each other by the waist, dancing to the beat of percussion and wind instruments. Many musical instruments are typical of this district. All men wear lion clothes with a waistcoat and coloured turban. Women wear sarees and blouses with heavy silver jewellery.
A huge number of tribal inhabitants and visitors come to attend this festival and all those visitors who come from around the world, cannot miss to this opportunity to take part in this festival. For visitors to the Dangs, this festival is a great opportunity to see tribal communities like the Bhils, the Kunbis, the Warlis and the Gamits in their traditional attire.
Disclaimer: You are requested to check the exact dates with Gujarat Tourism office before finalising your travel plans for this festival.
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