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Holidays and religious festivals are great occasions of social entertainment in Maharashtra. Different folk dances are performed during festive occasions that represent their culture and merry-making. Tamasha is one of the famous folk dances of the state. Dindi and Kala are the religious folk dances, which are expressions of religious ecstasy. Dhangari Gaja is performed by Dhangars (shepherds) of Sholapur district to please their God for His blessings. Lavani is a traditional song- dance presentation typically performed to the captivating rhythm of Dholak by attractive women wearing nine-yard saris. The women move lustily to an infectious tune and teasing lyrics. Koli Dance is performed by the fisher folk of Maharashtra incorporating elements they are most familiar with - the sea and their occupation of fishing. Povadas are Marathi ballads that describe the events in the life of the great Maharashtrian leader, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
These are the most famous dances of Mumbai (Maharashtra) :-
Mumbai residents celebrate Western and Indian celebrations and festivals. Festivals and celebrations are observed by residents of all communities and religions. Diwali, Holi, Christmas, Navratri, Good Friday, Id, Dussera, Moharram, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Maha Shivratri are some of the festivals in the city.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most major festivals, celebrated in the city with great fervour. This festival involves the placing of an idol of Lord Ganesha in the house for either 1½, 3,5,7 or 11 days after which it is immersed in the ocean after a colourful and noisy parade. This festival was started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak as a means of unifying all the people. This is primarily celebrated by Maharashtrians but almost all Mumbaikars participate in one way or another.
The metropolis has a roadside fast food consisting of Vada pavs, Dabeli, Panipuri, Bhelpuri, etc. South Indian and Chinese food is also popular in the city. Other cuisines in the city are Lebanese, Korean, Thai, Italian and Mexican. Other than Chinese and South Indian cuisines, Mughalai, Punjabi, Mālvani and Continental are also popular.
Mumbai has some of the oldest restaurants in India. Delhi Darbar, Sindhudurg, Highway Gomantak, Samrat, Vitthal Bhelwala, Mahesh Lunch Home, Kailas Parbat, Adarsh are some of the oldest restaurants in the city. Mumbai is known for its roadside food stalls and its restaurants.
Mumbai being the financial capital has a large number of migrant population. Members of the migrating families are working with no other family support, hence ordering food from close by restaurants or calling for pre-packaged meal (dabba as called locally) is an accepted thing. Owing to these recent trends there have been some online food ordering services that have cropped.
Tea is the most popular beverage followed by coffee. There are tea stalls in almost all roads and corners. Other drinks include fruit juices and coconut water. Irani cafés are a part of Mumbai's cosmopolitan heritage.