Garba, an Indian religious and folk dance, originated in Gujarat, a state located in India. The dance traditionally occurs during an Indian holiday known as Navaratri, which is a nine-day Hindu festival.
Blossom Bakhda, a sophomore studying biological sciences and outreach liaison for USSA, said Garba is performed in a circle to symbolize the cycle of time.
"The only thing that is constant is the goddess," Bakhda said. "It is the one unmoved symbol of the center that we always focus on."
Bakhda said this year USSA established a partnership with ASU's chapter of the Asian-Asian Pacific American Student Coalition (AAPASC), which is a coalition board of over 20 Asian and Asian Pacific clubs around campus.
Bakhda said she hopes Garba and Raas reflect this new partnership in bringing in people from various communities and further expanding the presence of USSA on campus.
Zakir Siddiqi, a senior studying political science and public relations officer for USSA, said past ASU Garba and Raas have garnered attention from people outside of ASU.
"People from (The) University of Arizona, people that are graduated (and) people who are in high school all come, so it's a nice way to have different kinds of people coming in," Siddiqi said. "ASU is kind of like a rally cry for the South Asian community in Arizona."