Jhumar is a folk dance widely performed by married women of Haryana. The dance is named after the ornament called ‘Jhumar,’ worn on the forehead by young married women. Ladies dressed in colorful costumes, move in a circle to the beats of dholak and thali.
It begins with a girl singing a song and simultaneously another starts to sway rhythmically in perfect poise. The tempo increases as the dance proceeds and the second line of the song is sung by both. Other girls accompany them by singing the song and clapping their hands against each other. A new line of the song is started after a pause. The performance lasts for several hours.
The dance has resemblance with Punjabi Gidda and is also known as Haryanvi Gidda.