Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance from Haryana and Rajasthan. One is bound to think that the kind of dance form Ghoomar is, it would originate only from Rajasthan. But originally it started from Haryana and was later adopted by Rajasthani community as well. The Bhil tribe performed Ghoomer to depict the worshipping rituals directed towards Goddess Saraswati. The women have veils around their heads and have covered their face. They also wear a full length skirt called Ghaghra which is highly embellished and decorated piece of fabric.
Ghoomar, according to Wikipedia, ranks fourth in the list of “top 10 local dances around the world” in 2013. This dance form typically involves the dancing women to pirouette in and out of a wide circle. The word “Ghoomar” means twirling in circles in the local language and it has been derived from the word “ghoomna” which means twirling.
As a part of the tradition, the newly married bride performs the “Ghoomar” dance when she is welcomed to her new home, her husband’s home. But these days, women perform on Ghoomar special occasions like weddings, festivals and other religious events.