Gidha is typically performed by women of Punjab at times of celebration, such as the harvest festival (Vaisakhi), weddings, and other festivals like Lohri, Spring (Basant) Festival and other social occasions. The dance is accompanied by rhythmic clapping and a typical traditional folk song play in the background.
The theme of the Gidha being performed will be a Jaago (which literally means “wake up”). It is designed to get the bride, groom, family and friends into the right mood for the wedding day. The actual Jaago is constructed in the style of ancient balconies with several surfaces in which lamps, fashioned out of dough of wheat flour are constructed in the style of stars. These lamps are traditionally filled with ghee or oil, and cotton wicks are placed in them and lighted. This construction is then put on the head of the groom's aunty, who while singing and dancing knocks at the doors of residents in the groom's village. When greeted the group, enters in, perform the Gidha accept presents of food, grain and ghee for the lamps and continue these rounds throughout the night.