Dance, Folk Art, Heritage
This dance is typically performed in a group of 6 or 8 women. They form a huge circle keeping the lamp lit in the center. The main attraction or specialty is the attire the women wear. They drape off white sarees (6 yard long cotton cloth wrapped around) with intricate golden borders combined with beautiful jewelry and fresh jasmine flowers on hair.
The Indian folk dance is called "Thiruvathirakkali". This dance is performed in Kerala state in India on the auspicious day of Thiruvathira, the birthday of Lord Shiva. It is performed by women who seek blessings for eternal marital bliss. It falls in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (December-January). As per Hindu mythology, this dance is what brought Kamadeva (God of Love) back to life when he had been burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva's fury.