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Loor Dance

Loor, literally meaning 'girl', is a popular dance form of Haryana, predominantly played in Bangar and Bagar regions. It indicates the arrival of the spring season and sowing of Rabi crops. As the name indicates, Loor Dance is performed by girls during Holi. The dancers wear traditional costumes such as Ghagra and stand in two rows facing each other, in the form of a semi circle.

A song, which is unique in its lyrics and music, is sung while performance. The song depicts the various stages involved in a women's life including marriage and her life at Sasural - Hindi term for in-law's house.

Usually, the performance portrays a story in which a girl's husband is away in the army and who return home only after 12 years. Initially she mourns in song and dance. Finally, the rhythm of the song increases when an imaginary pigeon brings the joyous message of her husband's return.

Updated on 30th December, 2019

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