Gujarati Samaj members gets together to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. On this day members / devotees observe fasting early on and continue fasting till the auspicious time of baby Krishna's birth arrives. Then they bathe the infant Krishna and adorn him with new clothes and jewellery, and rock him in a cradle. This is followed by ritualistic 'puja', 'aarti' and a whole repertoire of devotional songs and dance performances. Janmashtami 'prasad' is offered to the idol of baby Krishna and members / devotees break their fast after partaking of this holy food. Utsav is celebrated on the same day as Janmashtami marked on Hindu calendar.
Navratri Festival is celebrated by Hindus especially by Gujarati Community with great devotion for 9 days. Idol of Goddess AmbaMaa is worshipped during Navratri followed by playing dandiya & garba. Gujarati Samaj gets together in Abu Dhabi to celebrate Navratri (The Dandiya Festival) year after year. A Professional Live Band is called specially from Gujarat for the occasion, performing for all the 9 days of Navratri in Abu Dhabi. The members join in to the beat & play Dandiya & Garba till the midnight. "Prasad" is also distributed everyday during this festival. This festival is celebrated all 9 days as marked on Hindu calendar.
The first full moon day of the month of Ashwin is known as Sharad Purnima. Gujarati Samaj members get together in an open venue under the moon light & enjoy delicious dinner followed by 'Dudha-Pauva' that is offered to God on same day. Sharad Purnima Dinner get-together is arranged on the nearest Friday of the event marked on Hindu calendar.
Diwali is celebrated on a Amavasya - the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, (October/November) every year. Diwali also known as the "festival of lights". The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Homes are decorated, sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. It’s magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. Gujarati Samaj members celebrates this festival by arranging a Diwali get-together (sneh milan) followed with Lunch for all our members to meet and greet each other on a Friday.
Gujarati Samaj members enjoy a full day out - station picnic on a Friday to various spots within UAE. Picnic is generally organized during the winter months of UAE (ie. Between the months of December - March). This is a full day event where members travel together by bus to a decided picnic spot and enjoy the full day outing which includes all meals, music, fun filled activity, games, competitions & togetherness.
Utaran, also known as Makar Sankranti in other parts of India. A feeling of anticipation, joy and jubilation grips all who celebrate the occasion of thanksgiving. On January 14, watch the sky change colors. Gujarati Samaj Members in Abu Dhabi get together from morning to sunset. Delicious breakfast & lunch is served followed by home-made mamra, tal and shing na ladoo'. Shri Kamlesh Bhai Dhulia one of our prominent members arranges & provides us with kites & other accessories year after year on this day. Utraan is celebrated on Friday nearest to the event marked on the Hindu calendar.
It is the one of the Entertainment event or it defined as a cultural folk event to aware people about the spirituality as well as to aware youth and new generation about the history of Gujarat. Gujarati Samaj Abu Dhabi organizes an evening full of "Hasya and Lok Sahitya" Dairo Program by the well known Dairo Artists from Gujarat followed by High Tea Snacks.
Gujarat was formed by splitting Bombay state on 1st May 1960 marking a celebration of Gujarat Day. The members of Gujarati Samaj Abu Dhabi celebrates "Gujarat Day" by organizing a good number of stage performances where members of the community show their talents. The spectators are treated to an exhilarating performances by over 100 participants. Key events of Gujarat's history were presented by local participants in their unique styles. The participants of ALL age group (2.8 years to 70 years) performed on various themes from pre-historic era to modern Gujarat.