Giddha (Punjabi, giddhā) is a popular folk dance of women in Punjab region of India. The dance is often considered derived from the ancient dance known as the ring dance and is just as energetic as Bhangra; at the same time, it manages to creatively display feminine grace, elegance, and flexibility. It is one of the most colorful dance forms which are now copied in all regions of the country. Women mostly perform this dance mainly at festive or social occasions. Therefore The dance is followed by rhythmic clapping and a typical traditional folk song is sung by the aged ladies in the background. Giddha is said to be originated from the ancient ring dance which was dominant in Punjab in the olden days.
Dress code: Traditionally women used to wear a short shirt (choli) with ghagra or lehenga in bright colors such as yellow, green, red, purple, orange, etc. with heavy jewelry. Nowadays many have also started wearing salwar kameez in the same colors and jewelry. The attire is completed by wearing a tikka on the forehead.
The only major difference you will observe in the everyday clothes and costume is that the latter is much more vibrant and is teamed up with heavy jewelry. If you break down the whole costume then the dress includes the salwar kameez and dupatta. Salwar is primarily baggy pants and the kameez is the colorful shirt worn on the upper body. The dupatta is much like the stole that is matched with the salwar and kameez. The salwar kameez is generally quite vibrant in color and is decorated with heavy work and embroidery.
The popularity is not restricted to Punjab or even India as it has spread its glory across the globe. Places such as London, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver are definitely not alien to this folk dance and this dance is also very popular in Pakistan.
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