A few weeks ago I started hearing about some place in Ahmedabad that I should visit. It sounded like logodon. People would ask, “Have you been to logodon? Finally I learned that the actual name of the place is Law Garden – a street bordering a Law College (and somewhere there is a garden as well).
Last night my friend, Sumedha Sharma, brought me to this frenetic street scene known for its energetic and brightly colorful local culture. On the side of the street bordering the college, hundreds of college students hang out, doing whatever law students do at night. On the opposite side of the street, kind of like the Venice boardwalk, a string of booths runs for about half a kilometer, most of them selling the traditional dresses you see in the photo behind me and Sumedha.
These dresses are made and worn expressly for the Navratri Festival, a nine day celebration that happens in the late fall. The original meaning and purpose of the festival makes for some fascinating reading; too much info to present here. I recommend you google Navratri Festival; Quora explained it as follows: It is probably the most important Indian festival you have never heard of. Essentially, it is an art festival and the celebration of good over the evil (or positivity over negativity). The celebration is known by different names in different parts of Asia, such as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in China. One could consider these festivals as Asia’s answer to Mardi Gras.