Top 10 festivals of Himachal Pradesh

Usha Biswal Rout

04, Apr 2017 @ 07:36 PM
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Start Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2017                     End Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Venue: Himachal Pradesh, India
Related to: Himachal Travel Guide

Top 10 festivals of Himachal Pradesh :

Being an India travel spot Himachal Pradesh is a splendid state that represents many other 'India travel spots' with pristine natural beauty and entertains lots of glistening upcoming festivals as well. Top 10 festivals of Himachal Pradesh is as follows.

Festivals of Himachal
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Navratras :

Widely rejoiced Navratras is a nine days spiritual celebration throughout the state of Himachal Pradesh. People visit temples to offer their prayers to Goddess Durga and many females fast during the entire occasion of Navratras.

Diwali :

The glitzy festival of Diwali is extremely popular in the state which is thoroughly enjoyed by people through fireworks and decoration of their houses. Lakshami puja is the major highlight of this fest which is conducted by family members at night.

Chet Festival :

Chet festival also known as Dholru and Chatrali in local regions of state is the first month of the lunar year that is regarded as the passage of happiness. The day is considered extremely important and celebrated with much enthusiasm by people.

Dussehra :

Generally held during the months of September or October, Dussehra is celebrated with huge pomp and show in the state where people burn the effigy of Ravana. Celebration of Dussehra in Kullu is widely popular throughout the world.

Lohri :

Full-fledged dancing and musical merriment is observed on the day of Lohri which is celebrated on the 1st of Magh or mid of January. This festival lasts for 8 days which marks the continuation of festive season.

Lossar :

Lossar represents the beginning of New Year which falls during the last week of February and is celebrated throughout the state including Tibetan colonies. Local people take pleasure of various mask dances, dramas and special Chham dance.

Jagra :

Jagra is another sacred celebration in Himachal Pradesh which commemorates on the fourth day of September every year. On this festival people offer their worship to any village deity through singing and dancing for God. Deity of Mahasu Devta is worshipped in regions of Shimla, Kinnaur and Sirmaur.

Halda :

Halda is celebrated during the months of December or January especially in Chandra and Bhaga valleys. The festivity aura looks no less than Diwali where people burn sticks of pencil and thin cedar to form a bonfire.

Nawala :

The festival of Nawala is basically a ceremony conducted to show gratitude towards Lord Shiva who is worshipped during calamity and adversity. The fest is held when households manage to collect enough money for celebration and after that people praise Lord Shiva the entire night. Who celebrates Nawala, The Gaddi tribe of Kangra, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi celebrate this festival. During this festival devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva are sung throughout the night.

Rakhi :

Mostly referred to as "Rakhri" throughout Himachal Pradesh, Rakhi is extremely popular festival in India. Rakhi is held on full moon Shrawan every year. Sisters used to tie sacred thread on wrist of their brothers in exchange of love and protection. Usually brothers give money or some gift as part of their blessings.

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