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Festival in Himachal Pradesh

Basoa or Bishu

Introduction to Basoa or Bishu
The people dress up beautifully for the occasion of Basoa or Bishu. They decorate their house with flowers and other ornamented items. In the evening the houses are lit up with bright lights to mark the festive mood of the occasion. People gather in a particular place and organize for cultural programs. Young children and adults sing out the local folk lore and dance and makes merry. Elaborate feast is organized and many types of sweet dishes are prepared. It is basically a celebration of the villagers. The rituals performed are very traditional and interesting. All day long villagers celebrate the occasion with pomp and show. The festival of Basoa or Bishu is mainly celebrated to welcome New Year with new hope and dreams. Villagers offer their prayers to the God. The married women pray together for the prosperity and wealth of all villagers. Basoa or Bishu Festivals is a much awaited festival in Himachal Pradesh. This festival reflects the spirit of unity and brotherhood amongst the villagers.

Time of Celebrating Basoa or Bishu Festivals On the first day of the month of Baisakh the aboriginals and the farming folk celebrate the Basoa festival in Himachal Pradesh. Three days before the commencement of the festival, people make little cakes with Kodra (a coarse grain) flour and wrap them up in leaves. After three days the cakes ferment, then on the morning of the festival day people invite the married daughters and other relatives and break and eat these cakes with honey and sweet water flavored with jaggery. A ritual song is sung on this occasion. This festival is celebrated to mark the begging of a New Year.

Description of Basoa or Bishu
In Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh some Jataras or village plays are organized in memory of queen 'Sui'. Chamba city is filled with the sounds of music and dancing on this occasion. The sad songs about the queen Sui revive old memories in the hearts of the people. In Jataras people enact stories and incidents from religious and mythgological epics. In Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh this festival is recognized as Bishu. Here also people cook a savoury gruel known as Doon on this day and eat it together and celebrate. In villages which do not celebrate Basoa or Bishu, Bishu marks the beginning of the New Year. On this day the gods are dressed up in special finery. The brass masks of the gods are cleaned and polished. On the morning of the festival, the people invite their married daughters and other relatives, and then break and eat these cakes with honey and water flavored with jaggery. They also sing many ritual songs. The celebrations are almost same in various regions of Himachal Pradesh with some differences. If you want to catch a glimpse of the simple and traditional life of the people visit Himachal Pradesh and know more about its various colorful Fairs and Festivals.

Chaitti Festivals

Introduction to Chaitti Festivals Himachal Pradesh is wrapped in snow around most of the year. Many parts of the Himachal state have a particularly Austrian look with conifer-clad mountains, chalet-like huts with suspended balconies and tranquil blue valleys watered by snow-fed streams. Fairs and Festivals in Himachal Pradesh are very elaborately performed and celebrated. During the month of Chaitti the locals of Himachal Pradesh perform a puja to mark the onset of the Hindu New year. It begins in March or April, depending upon the position of planet system. There is no fixed date in calendar for beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the first full moon day of the month.

Time of Celebrating Chaitti Festival
Following the Vikrami calendar the New Year begins in the month of Chaitra. The beginning of this month or the first day (Chaitra Sankranti) is considered very significant and is celebrated all over the state. Two vibrant festivals are celebrated during this month. One is Navratri and the other is Ralli Puja. During Chaitti in some corner of the house which faces east a plant is covered with soil and sown with barley seeds, coconut, symbolizing the goddess Bhagwati.

Description of Chaitti Festivals in Himachal Pradesh
All the young spinster or the unmarried girls gather early in the morning in the house where Ralli is going to be worshipped and afterwards they go to the local lake singing songs. There they bathe and fill small metal pots with water and come home and bathe the deities with this and offer them flowers. At the end of the month a ritual wedding between Ralli and Lord Shiva is performed. On the day of the wedding, people are invited for Bhat (ritual feast) and the girls pray to the goddess to bless them with a husband as sincere and responsible like the Lord Shiva. For nine days the ritual 'puja' is performed there and on the tenth day (Dashami) the barley shoots are distributed all over the village. These shoots are known as Riholi and they are said to symbolise the goddess Durga Bhagwati. On the Baisakhi day Ralli is brought out royally in a palanquin and taken to a river bank. There she is immersed in the water to symbolize the departure of her to her in-law's place and as it is being done the girls cry and weep. The other important festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitti is Navratri. Navratri is a festival celebrated with devotion, love and fervor all over India. It is also recognized as Navratras. Navratri essentially means "Nine Nights" ("Nav" meaning nine and "Ratri" meaning nights). It is a festival of nine nights, during which we worship goddess of shakti. When the Supreme Being begins to show its cosmic energy, it is identified in various forms as Sakti, Devi or Divine Mother, who assumes many forms according to the tasks to be preformed by her. She is also known as Durga, Lakshmi or Sarawati in her destructive, protective, and knowledge giving roles in that order. These three aspects of the Divine Mother are worshipped during Devi Navaratri puja, the nine nights. It lasts for nine days in honor of the nine manifestations of Durga. During Navaratri (the word literally means "nine nights") devotees of Durga observe a fast. Brahmins are fed and prayers are offered for the fortification of health and property. This is an auspicious occasion in Himachal Pradesh and rest of India. These two account for the two most important festivals in Himachal Pradesh which are performed in the month of Chaitti or Chaitra.

Faguli Festival

Introduction to Faguli
Himachal Pradesh is a North Western state in India. This state is located on the inner lap of the Western part of the Himalayan ranges. This is one of the most spectacular hill states of India. Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab creates the boundary in North, South- East, South and West of Himachal Pradesh, respectively. Himachal Pradesh is packed with stunning natural beauty and this state celebrates a number of fairs and festivals in different months. Among these festivals Faguli is an important one celebrated in Himachal Pradesh. Faguli in Himachal Pradesh is related to the Basant Panchami festival. This festival takes place in the Kinnaur district. This festival celebrates the triumph of God over the evil spirit. It is the honor and tribute given by the local tribes to the God who won the battle to protect humanity.

Time of celebrating Faguli
Faguli is a festival which is celebrated in the spring season. This religious festival of Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with another festival called Basant Panchami by the tribal people of the state. Approximately in the month of March, Faguli is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh. After the winter season almost all the people of Himachal Pradesh engage themselves in performing the rituals of Faguli in a perfect manner.

Description of Faguli Festival
Faguli Festival is the celebration of the win of the God over Evil. At the time of the festival, the local people of Himachal Pradesh engage themselves in the preparation of the festival. They clean up their homes and greet the rain Gods, chanting their name. After cleaning the home every person shoots a dart at the picture of Ravana. According to the myth if the arrow strikes the wall of the house it is considered as the mark of the God's victory over the evil spirit. In this festival the use of conch shells is prohibited. This is because the local people believe that it may break the concentration of God during the battle with Evil Powers. On the day of Faguli the family members bring a special kind of wood called Suskar Horing at the early morning. During the evening of the Faguli festival local people burn this wood inside the caves. During the burning of wood the lard is placed on the top of the roof. At the same time the barley is baked inside the fire. According to the local belief if the baked barley grains leap up and touch the roof of the cave it is lucky for human beings. After the completion of the ceremony the local people return to the village, marching. In this procession, they follow a pattern. In front of the line there is a person with Huri, after that comes Lankawalla and then comes Kittewalla with a Doo.

Festival of Sair in Shimla

Introduction to Festival of Sair in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh Festival of Sair in Shimla Festival of Sair in Shimla at Himachal Pradesh is a renowned all over the country for its liveliness and splendor. Himachal Pradesh with its numerous fairs and festivals glorifies the Indian customs and traditions, and one of them is Festival of Sair in Shimla at Himachal Pradesh. Indian Festivals have a powerful western influence especially after the advent of the various conquerors like Alexander, Babur, Ibrahim Lodi and last but not the least, the British. They brought with them their cultures and the Indians imbibed their customs enthusiastically. So an amalgamation of the Indian and Western Cultures took place at a random pace for the past few centuries until the individual cultures were apparently indistinguishable. But the Buffalo Fight at the Festival of Sair Himachal Pradesh reminds one strongly of the Bull Fight of Athens in Sparta.

Description of the Festival of Sair at Shimla in Himachal Pradesh
The Sair Festival at Himachal Pradesh is almost synonymous to the Bull Fight of Athens in Sparta. But there is a slight difference between these two. While in Athens the common men hardly ever got to see the grand spectacle, the story of Arki in Solan is much different. In Arki in Solan, the common men can enjoy the spectacular fight that ensues between the Beasts and that too at a reasonable price. This has only been made possible by the organizers of the Fair in Himachal Pradesh. Amidst extensive cultural programs like singing, dancing the Festival of Sair at Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is held. Stalls are raised for buying and selling of goods. These stalls generally keep utensils, pottery, garments and accessories. People wear colorful costumes and bedeck themselves with expensive jewelry. They enjoy the Festival of Sair Himachal Pradesh to the fullest extent and also goes back home with a gift or two for their near and dear ones. Since fairs are the meeting ground for people, it offers entertainment and relaxation. The Fairs and Festival in India also offer an opportunity for the people of various class, religion and section to meet and exchange their ideas and goods. The Festival of Sair Himachal Pradesh is a memorable experience.

Time for the celebration of the Festival of Sair Himachal Pradesh
The Sair Festival in Himachal Pradesh is generally held in the month of September.

Gotsi or Gochi Festival

Introduction to Gotsi or Gochi Himachal Pradesh, variously termed as the land of snowy mountains and Deva Bhoomi that is translated in English to mean the land of the gods, has abundance of flora and fauna. Untouched by the contemporary technological advancements, this state of perennial rivers and exotic wild life creates impeccable spell on the minds of the travelers. Every year a constant growth is perceived in the number of the footfalls it witnesses. And this very credit of receiving good number of footsteps of the travelers can be given to its kaleidoscopic landscapes along with the cultural and traditional life style of its people. As per the cultural and traditional life style of the hill people is concerned it can be said that this aspect of Himachal Pradesh can well be seen the way colorful fairs and festivals are organized here. A good number of fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh are celebrated each year. Some have religious and some have social imports. However, the one that entails both religious and social meanings and is a perfect way to get close to the cultural and traditional life of the people is Gotsi or Gochi, Himachal Pradesh. The festival of Gotsi or Gochi in Himachal Pradesh is observed in the houses of those people who got new member in their families in the form of a son last year.

Time of celebrating Gotsi or Gochi The famous festival of Gotsi or Gochi, Himachal Pradesh is celebrated in the month of February. Hence to know the rituals and the way people get into the revelry of this festival you need to visit Himachal Pradesh during this season.

Description of Gotsi or Gochi
On the occasion of the festival Gotsi or Gochi, Himachal Pradesh people assemble in those houses where a baby son was born. They drink Chhang, a kind of wine. Four people of the house carry a plate that contains some cake pieces made of mixed flour to offer to local deities. The place where they go is found to be dotted with tree or a shrub or a tiny mound. Also, a young girl who is a spinster attires in ceremonial cloths and accompanies the plate of cakes. She also holds a vessel of chhang wine in her hands. While she carries this, two men one with lit torch and other with a cluster of pine branches bundled in sheep skin accompany her. In this entire scenario the woman who has given birth to the son child leads a devotees-procession that basically comprises of other mothers of sons. Later, the branches of the tree that bear sheepskin are set free of that and shot at with arrows. As soon as these rituals are done with, people sip chhang, beat drums and dance unrestrainedly. However, the festival of Gotsi or Gochi, Himachal Pradesh reaches its culmination when on returning home, men and women throw snowballs at each other.

Ice Skating Carnival, Shimla Himachal Pradesh

Introduction to the Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie Ice Skating Carnival,Himachal Pradesh Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie is an important Festival in which skating expeditions are held with the participation of a large number of people. Himachal Pradesh with its exquisite landscape is also known as the Abode of God. It is a wonderful mountainous land enveloped by snow. During the winter months the snow becomes hard and dry thus facilitating skating. Every year during winter Shimla attracts thousands of enthusiastic skaters. Shimla is a perfect hill retreat and is aptly known as the Queen of the Hill Stations. Actually it is at Shimla that most of the Ice Skating Carnivals are held. Shimla derives its name from Shyamala which is the other name of Goddess Kali whose temple is located here. The temple is located at an obscure place on the top of the Jakhu Hills amidst a dense forest. The Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie actually takes place in the month of December when most of the mountains are filled with ice.

Description of the Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie The Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie is not only spectacular but also very popular because it draws numerous tourists from abroad. The foreigners are especially interested in participating in this carnival. They bring their skating equipments along with them and inspire the children who seem interested in the expedition. They were actually the pioneers in the field of skating after whom the Indians too started taking interest in the skating expeditions in the hilly regions of Shimla. The Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie is an invigorating experience. Trekking provides confidence to the people and it requires courage and enthusiasm. The Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie offers ample opportunity for the people to participate in a healthy competition.

Time for the celebration of the Ice Skating Carnival in Shimla Dalhousie Dalhousie Since, in December, the mountains are snow covered, they are suitable for Trekking expeditions.

Karwa Chauth

Introduction to Karwa Chauth Himachal Pradesh is often defined as the nature's paradise. Its beauty is graced with splendid valleys, verdant green hills, snow clad mountains and burbling streams. Still tucked away from the encroachments of the modern advancements, Himachal Pradesh has become one of the very popular travel destinations in India for the tourists around the globe. However what attracts tourists to this glorious hill state in India is just not the unparalleled scenic beauty of the place but the way local people continue to live their life with utmost simplicity however speckled with vibrant colors at times of celebrations. Celebrations in Himachal Pradesh signify numerous fairs and festivals that have both religious and social implications. One of the very famous and truly Indian to the heart festival that has held everybody's attention alike is Karwa Chauth, Himachal Pradesh. The festival of Karwa Chauth in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated by the married women. They remain on fasting for entire day in order to ensure welfare, prosperity, long life and well being of their husbands.

Time of celebrating Karwa Chauth
The festival of Karwa Chauth, Himachal Pradesh is celebrated 9 days before the very famous Deepavali - the festival of lights on kartik ki chauth. It is essentially the fourth day of the dark moon.

Description of Karwa Chauth
The festivities of Karwa Chauth, Himachal Pradesh start from early morning. Before sunrise, women take bath and attire in new cloths. They take few selected grains and fruits in meal. For remaining day they do not take food and water. However this strict practice to shun food and water for the entire day has been to some extent altered. Further, married women offer prayers to Hindu god and goddess such as Shiva and Parvati. The prayers on the day of Karwa Chauth are offered with the motive of seeking blessings that would enable them to enjoy successful married lives. It is during afternoon that women assemble in neighborhood for a prayer ceremony. They recite very popular Karva Chauth story. On the time of the puja, women wear bright red or pink clothes and stunning jewelry. Once the prayer ceremony is over all the women eagerly wait for moon rise. As soon as moon appears on sky every woman come to their terrace and offer prayers to ensure well being for their husband and family. They offer water to moon 16 times. An elderly woman of the family again recites story of Karwa Chauth. Later, the daughter in laws offer a small painted clay pot or say Auli filled with rice and other things to their mother-in-laws. At the end of these rituals, all women break their fast with a sip of water. There are some unmarried girls also who observe fasts on Karwa Chauth with the hope of getting good husband.

Khepa Festival

Introduction to Khepa Festival Himachal Pradesh the land of god has a variety of glorious things that combine to create an ineradicable impression on the hearts and minds of the travelers. The old and rich traditions, warm welcoming people, spectacular landscapes all grouped together with a good number of fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh draw sizable number of tourists from across the world every year. Graced with around 2000 local deities, Himachal Pradesh celebrates colorful fairs and festivals to pay honor to them. However, it does not imply that all the festivals and fairs are celebrated with a religious background. In fact there are some that are observed to mark seasonal-changes some to encourage water sports and some for business purposes as well. Whatever be the connotation the fairs and festivals of Himachal Pradesh hold the common thing that distinguishes them from others is the level of enthusiasm and participation they witness. Of those, Khepa, Himachal Pradesh is one that deserves special mention. It is an interesting event celebrated to chase demons away. The festival of Khepa in Himachal Pradesh is observed on a very large scale in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh.

Description of Khepa Festival
Khepa in Himachal Pradesh which is essentially an event to chase away demons is a very popular festival in Himachal Pradesh. The word Khepa stands for the meaning Siddha or say Tantrik Guru in Hindi. In Khepa, Himachal Pradesh the Siddha or the Tantrik Guru is made of flour. On the day of this festival, local people take bath early in the morning. They place a thorny shrub or say cho or Brekling on the top of their roofs. Later they make a 'Laffi' with turnips. Along with laffi, they make other delicacies too made of turnips and flour. However, there is other festival called Pulkhepa also. It is celebrated on the same patterns as Khepa, Himachal Pradesh. On the occasion of Pulkhepa in Himachal Pradesh a goat head and Poltu or say a special kind of fried bread is made. Later, the goat ears are hung on the prickly shrub along with Poltu and Sigre. These stuffs are kept at crossings and sometimes inside house as well. However, the goat horns are burnt to chase away demon.

Lavi Fair in Himachal Pradesh

Lavi Fair Lavi Fair is held amidst a great deal of fanfare in Himachal Pradesh. Rampur had once been a very important commercial center. Its popularity dwindled with the passage of time. However from the time it became the venue of the Lavi Fair, it regained its former status.

Description of the Lavi Fair
The fair ground is the meeting point of a large number of people. Many shops are set up. A lot of trading activity is carried on. However there are several customs that are followed to this day before the commencement of the business. The age old tradition to churn the water of the Sutlej River continues. Every act of Barter Exchange ensues only after a proper churning of the River Sutlej. These exchange items includes wool, dry fruits and even horses. The fair is also renowned for a variety of handicrafts. Thus the Lavi Fair in Himachal Pradesh is renowned for its excellence in bringing to the forefront the ancient Indian Culture. Stunning Pashmina Wool is an important item that is sold at the Lavi Fair. The Dry Fruits reminds us of the variety of agricultural products that can be grown in the Indian soil. The well-known Chaumkhi Horses brought from remote tribal areas are sold at the Lavi Fair at Himachal Pradesh. Apart from the Horses, woolen pattoos, kala zira and dry fruits are also brought and sold in the Lavi Fair at Himachal Pradesh. Chinese Jackets, Track Suites, Crockery constitutes the highly demanded articles of sale. This has been possible only after the establishment of an intimate trade relationship with China and Tibet.

History of the Lavi Fair
During the reign of King Kesar Singh, a Treaty was signed between Bushair and Tibet. It was decided that they would be friends till the time comes when all waters of River Sutlej evaporates and the crows change their colors into white. The fair was held to commemorate their friendship. A fair relationship continued between the two countries till the Chinese occupation of Tibet when all the connections stopped between these two countries. The ancient spirit needed to be revived. A modern touch made it all the more glorious and attractive for the Lavi Fair has been brought back to entertain the weary and sullen men, burdened with their day to day jobs. Lavi Fair is a welcome relief for them. It has also gained the prestige of an International Fair.

Time for the celebration of the Lavi Fair
Lavi Fair is held at Himachal Pradesh during the month of November. It is held with enormous enthusiasm.


Introduction to Lohri or Maghi in Himachal Pradesh Lohri, Himachal Pradesh Lohri or Maghi is an important Fair in Himachal Pradesh. It is usually celebrated at the culmination of winter, when the winter bites are no more, and people rejoice the season amidst extensive pomp and gaiety. The Lohri Festival is generally held to ensure fertility and prosperity. Bonfire is an integral part of the Lohri Fair that has been named after the Lohri Festival. It is a month of celebration for the people of Himachal Pradesh when new costumes are bought and amidst extensive salsa and melody the celebration ensues. Maghi is the other name of this Festival and that is why the Fair is also named as Lohri or Maghi Fair. Since Lohri is usually celebrated during the month of Magh (January), it is also known as Maghi Festival. The Lohri or Maghi Fair is a jovial relief from the monotonous daily existence and is thus a welcome relief by the people of Himachal Pradesh.

Description of the Lohri or Maghi Fair
The Lohri or Maghi Fair actually venerates the last sowing of the Ravi crop, a Winter Crop of North India, especially Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. During the Lohri or Maghi Fair a bonfire is lit and men and women dance to the tune of music around it. This bonfire is an integral part of this fair. People throw popcorn, puffed rice and sweets into this flame as a way of offering sacrifice to God, so that he in turn blesses them with a rich harvest. Colorfully dressed men and women visit the Fair, where articles of everyday use, pottery items and foods are available in plenty. Stalls are also given for splendid cards, pictures, and attires. It is worthwhile to mention here that the Fairs in Himachal Pradesh are important both spiritually and economically. They induce a sense of spiritual awareness and also make the state more affluent because these Fairs are frequented by numerous visitors from outside and therefore gather a huge sum of money. Since Maghi is a grand Fair it attracts plentiful people from across the country. There is a mythology related to both the Lohri or the Maghi Fair and Lohri Festival. It is said that the sun commences its Northward journey during this time. It moves to the hemisphere of the Makar and this auspicious movement is also known as Uttarayan. It is also said that during this time Lord Krishna manifests himself almost perceptibly. So, he can easily hear his disciple’s urge for him. Since this time is so propitious, Lohri Fair is held with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm. The Maghi Fair is thus an unforgettable experience.

Time for the celebration of the Lohri or Maghi Fair
The Lohri or the Maghi Fair is generally held at the time of Magh, or January. It actually coincides with the Lohri Festival which occurs during Uttarayan of the Sun, or it’s Northward Sojourn.

Magha Naun Festival

Introduction to Magha Naun Festival
On a tour to India you will see that the most colorful aspect of this country that ideally distinguishes it from the rest of the world is fairs and festivals. Fairs and festivals in India are an intimate part of its cultural and traditional life of the people. In fact they are celebrated with so much of enthusiasm and buoyancy that today they are counted among the famous tourist attractions of the country. There are two levels of fairs and festivals in India. Some fairs and festivals are celebrated at regional level and some are on grand level throughout the country. And as per regional level of festivities are in concern it can be said that fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh attract tourist attention at a larger scale. Himachal Pradesh the land of unblemished and untamed beauty has an array of fairs and festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. These fairs and festivals have great impact on tourists. However of those so many festivals the one which draws everybody's attention most is the celebration of Magha Naun, Himachal Pradesh. Magha Naun in Himachal Pradesh is observed to welcome the return of the gods to earth after their short journey to heavens.

Time of celebrating Magha Naun Festival
Magha Naun Festival, Himachal Pradesh is celebrated at the end of the Magha month. The month of Magha is the 11th month of the Hindu calendar. It is similar to the month of January in the Gregorian calendar.

Definition of Magha Naun
Magha Naun in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with high intensity. On the day of Magha Naun, Himachal Pradesh all the local people assemble at a local temple. At the temple it is believed that through priests gods communicate with their devotees what they have got along from the heaven. Not only this on the day of Magha Naun in Himachal Pradesh local people ask many questions to the priest relating to their future and the welfare of their families and crops. They also offer butter to the Lingam in the Shiva temples. It is held that if mice do not nibble at it at night then it is a good omen. In fact it is also believed to bring a good harvest year.

Manimahesh Fair

Nestled beautifully in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state and a major tourist destination of India. Having a rich culture and heritage, Himachal is a home to number of fairs and festivals held throughout the year. Kullu Dusshera, Manimahesh Fair etc. are some of the important fairs and festivals held in Himachal Pradesh. Indian Holiday offers to give you online information on Manimahesh Fair in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, Manimahesh peak is located at an altitude of 5656 meters above sea level and falls under the Bharmour valley of the Chamba district. At its base is the famous Manimahesh Lake. Considered as a holy spot, a yatra or pilgrimage called the Manimahesh Yatra is conducted here every year immediately after the festival of Janamashtami. The Manimahesh fair held here every year by the nomadic Gaddis has been declared a state level fair by the Himachal Government eight years ago and has gained a lot of importance since then. Amongst the various winter carnivals held in Himachal Pradesh, Manimahesh Fair is an important fair held in the month of February and attracts lot of locals and tourists from across the country.


Introduction to Phagli in Himachal Pradesh

Phagli,Himachal Pradesh Phagli in Himachal Pradesh is an important Fair. It attracts numerous tourists from across the country and also ensures a relief from the humdrum of daily existence. Himachal Pradesh, also renowned as an Abode of Clouds, is a land of exquisite beauty. It is not only a majestic locale, but the rich Cultural Heritage of India is also revealed by it from the wide array of its Fairs and Festivals. Phagli Fair is one among them. It is celebrated amidst extensive gaiety and fanfare where cheerful men and women in their brightest costumes adorn the Fair and the shrill cry of the children seems to be like a melodious music. Phagli has been named after the month of Phalguna, (the Roman month of February or March). The Phagli Fair commences at the beginning of spring. Just as the best and beautiful things in the world are only to be perceived and not to be seen and heard, so, the intensity of spring is only to be felt. The Phagli Fair too, with its uniqueness and vibrancy is indescribable, like spring.

Description of the Phagli Fair in Himachal Pradesh
The name Phagli comes from the word Phalgun, which indicates the culmination of winter and thus there is jollity in every nook and corner. People like to celebrate this splendid season and especially in North India it is a superb experience. Himachal Pradesh is so opulent in its scenic beauty that it is almost beggaring description. Such a potential tourist locale is bound to attract people during its Fairs and Phagli in Himachal Pradesh is no exception to that rule. Abundant men and women come here to enjoy the scenic beauty and the vibrancy of the Phagli Fair. It is the best possible place for interaction between different varieties of men. A fair is a place where irrespective of their class, caste and sects people gather and exchange not only goods but also ideas. Entertainment is not the sole aim of a fair. A fair encourages tolerance amongst mankind, and also inculcates the necessity for association and exchange. Phagli Fair is not excluded from that regulation and so, it is visited by numerous people from across the country. Phagli Fair is a colorful fiesta in which men and women wear their most colorful costumes and bedeck themselves with expensive jewelry items. During Phagli the yellow barley grass on the attires of men and women who greets each other with that grass, is a spectacular sight. This is done as part of offering. This indicates the victory of good over evil. In the Phagli fair numerous things like cutlery items, utensils, photos, pottery articles and exclusive photos are available. One can hardly imagine a fair of Phagli without exclusive joy rides.

Time for the celebration of Phagli, Himachal Pradesh
The Phagli Fair is usually held during the month of Phalguna which is approximately the end of February and beginning of March.

Rakhidumni (Rakhi)

Introduction to Rakhidumni (Rakhi) The pure bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the genuine and noblest of human emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi' or Rakhadumni as called in Himachal Pradesh is a special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread around the wrist of the brothers. This thread, which symbolizes sisterly love and inspirational sentiments, is rightly called the 'Rakhi'. It means 'a bond of protection', and Rakhidumni (Rakhi) signifies that the strong must protect the weak from all the evil of the world.

Time of celebrating Rakhidumni (Rakhi)
On the full moon day in the monsoon month of Bhadrapad, Rakhidumni (Rakhi) festival is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh.

Description of Rakhidumni (Rakhi) The sisters tie the sacred thread on their brother's wrist to protect them from all evils. The married sisters visit their father's house on this day and tie the sacred rakhi around their brother's wrists. The sacred thread of rakhi symbolizes the bond of love. They are received with love and presented with gifts of money and clothes. The family priests also go to the houses of their patrons (yajman) and tie rakhi on their wrists, thus blessing them. Women who do not have a brother tie rakhi unto other fellow villagers and thus make a new brother. The rakhi threads remain on the wrist for a whole month and when the Sairi festival comes at the end of the month they are removed and offered to Mother Sairi. Thus the festival of Rakhidumni (Rakhi) is a holy festival in Himachal Pradesh. Rakhidumni (Rakhi) is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan, on which sisters tie the blessed Rakhi string on their brothers' right wrists, pray for their long life. Rakhis are preferably made of silk with gold and silver threads, wonderfully crafted embroidered sequins, and studded with semi precious stones. This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the boundaries of the family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbors, it underscores the need for a pleasant social life, where every individual live peacefully as brothers and sisters. In Northern India,and some parts of Himachal Pradesh Rakhi Purnima is also called Kajri Purnima or Kajri Navami, when wheat or barley is sown, and goddess Bhagwati is worshipped. Raksha Bandhan is known by various names like Vish Tarak - the destroyer of venom, Punya Pradayak - the bestower of boons, and Pap Nashak - the destroyer of sins.

Sajo Festival

Introduction to Sajo
Himachal Pradesh the name which immediately reminds of snow capped mountains and salubrious greenery is very rich in culture and tradition. Kissed with god's love and blessings as reflected and evident in its idyllic landscapes, Himachal Pradesh is a perfect retreat to nestle in the heart of the nature and relish its unbiased care. Truly speaking, the stunning and kaleidoscopic natural blanket has beguiled many hearts to stay and enjoy extended vacations in Himachal Pradesh. However, this can not be stated as the sole reason behind Himachal Pradesh's witnessing a commendable increase in the footfalls of the tourists. There are other things also that play significant role in keeping tourist interests in the state unaltered. The thing that has become one of the exclusive tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh and has given it a unique identity is the celebration of various fairs and festivals. Yes, the fairs and festivals in Himchal Pradesh are claimed to be one of the strongest reasons that hold tourist attention clenched. Of the numerous festivals however the one with religious connotation commands special attention here is Sajo in Himachal Pradesh. The festival Sajo, Himachal Pradesh is observed to bid adieu or say farewell to the local deities. It is celebrated with a hope that their deities will bestow upon them good things from the heaven. Also, this is believed to be a day on which the holy spirits of the god may come to his devotees.

Time of celebrating Sajo The advent of the festival Sajo, Himachal Pradesh is celebrated in the month of spring popularly known as Magh or Falgun.

Description of Sajo Festival
The festival of Sajo Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with great enthusiasm. As this festival is about giving farewell to god so local people lay open the palanquins of the gods and close the doors of the temples. It is held that in this span of time all the deities take a journey to heaven for a short rest. And with the hope that from heaven gods will throw good things upon them, the village people clean and polish the floors of the temples. They cook and eat tasty delights too. This apart as the day of Sajo, Himachal Pradesh is also believed to be a day when the holy spirits of the gods descend on their deities so priests who are said to be the representatives of the deities are invited into each house. The priests sniff incense and are provided with food, grains and money. The particular term associated with this ritual is known as Deacher or Deokhel.

Shivratri Fair

The fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh India are a fine reflection of the culture and traditions of the people of the state. In fact, there are so many of them to speak of that the list is quite a long one. And among the most important fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh is the Shivratri Fair that is held in the picturesque town of Mandi.
Held between the months of February and March every year, the Shivratri Fair of Mandi attracts visitors from all over. The celebrations last for around a week and are characterized by a plethora of colors that are sure to dazzle every onlooker. During the Shivratri Fair in Himachal Pradesh, gaily decorated palanquins carrying all the local deities are ferried to the town of Mandi. Accompanied by folk bands and hordes of enthusiastic devotees, the palanquins make a stop at the Masho Rai Temple and then proceed to the Bhootnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. After paying obeisance to the Gods, the people of Mandi follow it up with lots of music, dance and singing. Plays or skits are also arranged to entertain the onlookers. Even though merriment becomes the order of the day during the Shivratri Fair in Mandi, the religious fervor that is a part of all the proceedings cannot be missed. No wonder, the Shivratri Fair adds up as one of the most attractive among the fairs in Himachal Pradesh India. Do remember to be a part of the event if you happen to be in Himachal Pradesh at that time. Indian Holiday offers a number of well designed Himachal Pradesh tour pacakges for you to choose from. Encompassing the best of what this picturesque destination has to offer, our packages are also priced very reasonable, thus giving you more reason to celebrate.

Chaitrual Festival

Introduction to Chaitrual Festival Chaitraul also well known as the festival of pictures is one of the celebrated festivals of the Sirmaur area in Himachal Pradesh. It is performed on a certain day in the bright fortnight of the moon in the month of Chaitra. As a mark of richness and prosperity, the houses are painted and decorated with figures of male animals and crops on this day symbolizing abundance and wealth.

Time of Celebrating Chaitrual
On this Chaitraul day the family deities are taken out into the fields, and a particular dish known as Poltu is cooked. In some instances, the deity is positioned in middle of the field and an extraordinary savory gruel is prepared as offering to the Lord. Food is distributed to the poor people. It is a ritual on this occasion to break clay pots to get rid of the evil spirits. Another famous feature involved is Khone, a custom of compromise between the gods and the demons. Chaitraul festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra that is in between March and April.

Description of Chaitrual Festival
Some other features of this festival are suggestive of prehistoric customs. One such custom is 'Khore' or Khone. It is said to symbolize the compromise between the gods and the demons (the Aryans and the non-Aryans). In this a man from a definite family dresses up in special robes and wears a demon mask (Khor). Cloth phallus is hung near his neck and a cloth vagina (chhunchhuni) below his waist. The young men in the village bring a phallus-shaped stick from their homes known as Chaitral-Shid and tickle the 'khone' pronouncing obscene comments. These continue throughout the night obscene and over friendly jokes are also cracked with women. At the end of the night the khone returns to the temple, having first gone around the village with drummers. As they are driven back, the wheels of the chariots of the gods are brushed with thorny twigs. As the procession begins their journey to home clay pots are broken to chase away evil spirits.

Dyali Festival

Introduction to Dyali There are end number of fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh. All the fairs and festivals somehow or the other are associated with seasonal changes. In these fairs and festivals a common element that commands everybody's attention is the enthusiasm and the buoyancy with which local people participate in them. The vibrant colors of the traditional clothes as donned by the local people, the rituals they follow and the offerings they make to their local deities; all form a very spectacular view to relish. It is owing to all these factors that the fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh have become one of the major tourist attractions. To bask in the revelry of these fairs and festivals, many tourists from around the world visit Himachal Pradesh. In fact on a tour to India if you also plan a visit to Himchal Pradesh then do make it a point that your visits fall during any of the fairs and festivals of the state. You will truly fall in love with Himachal Pradesh and its colorful celebrations. Of the various festivals however the one which will tickle and interest you most is Dyali, Himachal Pradesh.

Time of celebrating Dyali Festival Dyali in Himachal Pradesh is a very ebullient celebration that takes place two months after the world renowned Diwali celebrations.

Description of Dyali in Himachal Pradesh
The way in which festival Dayli, Himachal Pradesh is celebrated is completely unique and exciting to know. If you visit Himachal Pradesh during Dyali Festival then you will see that in this festival in the evening women gather pine twigs. After accumulating pine twigs these women will be spotted offering Puja to it. Not only this, later an exciting other activity will take place. Now you will see that these women are throwing walnuts to little boys. These little boys scamper around from one courtyard to another in search of them. And at the end of the day of the festival Dyali, Himachal Pradesh you will see delicious sweets made by the women are distributed later to everyone.

Fairs in Kullu Valley

Introduction to Fairs, Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh Step into the Valley of God. Celebrate the fairs of Himachal Pradesh in God’s own playground – Kullu Valley. Colorfully dressed men and women crowd the streets during the Fairs. Fairs in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh also indicate the rich cultural Heritage of India. The Fairs reinforce our faith in the Supreme Being and occasion fun and frolic. They are an amusing relief to the boredom of daily existence. So, Fairs in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh are visited not only by the town populace but by people of other states and countries as well. Fairs in Kullu Valley have both financial and spiritual significance associated with them. Among the well known fairs of Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh are Kullu Dussehra and the Birshu Fair.

Description of the Fairs, Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Kullu Valley’s captivating is enhanced by its colorful Fairs. River Beas flows through Kullu Valley and on the other side of the river stands the bold and beautiful mountain range of the Himalayas. A pleasant harmony is created by the scenic elegance and the cheerful cries of men and women at the Fairs. Such a harmony during Kullu Dussehra is worth a mention. Held after the Dussehra Festival with the rest of the country, the Dussehra Fairs in Kullu Valley is a careful combination of history, ethnicity and the opulence of Indian Culture. But unlike other parts of the country, effigies of Ravana and Kumbhakarna are not burnt in the Kullu Valley during the Dussehra Festival. This is perhaps the uniqueness of Dussehra at Kullu Valley and it is evident that the Dussehra Fair at the Valley would also be unique and exquisite. Amidst extensive pomp and elegance this Fair is being held at Kullu; the merry shrieks of jolly men rebounds the mountains with equal joviality. This makes the Dussehra Fair a memorable experience. The Birshu Fair is held in every village at Kullu after the worship of the Home Gods at the advent of the New Year. It ensures blessings from God and during this time people visit the local soothsayer who predicts their fortune in the forth coming year. The colors of the costumes, the joviality of the people’s heart adds a new feather to the indescribable grandeur of the Valley.

Time for the Celebration of the Fairs in Kullu Valley
The time for the celebration of the Dussehra Fair is October while Birshu Fair is usually held during April or First and Second Week of May.

Fulaich Festival

Introduction to Fulaich Festival
In the monsoon month of Bhadrapada comes the festival of flower-watching or the stunning Fulaich festival in the Kinnaur valley. This Fulaich festival is also known as Phulaich and it commemorates the dead. The fulaich festival of Himachal Pradesh is not an occasion to weep and wail. Phaulaich is locally called "Ookayand" of 'Ukyam", an amalgamation of two words 'Oo' and 'Kayang'. 'U'-stands for flowers and 'Kayang' for festival - festival of flowers - to see flowers. This festival is celebrated throughout Kinnaur region.

Time of celebrating Fulaich Festival
Fulaich Festival in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated in the month of September in the beautiful Kinnaur valley. It is mainly celebrated to honor the dead relatives and to pray for their peace of soul.

Description of Festival of Fulaich
The fair starts with animal sacrifices and soon the whole village gathers on a hill top and looks for the beautiful 'Ladra' flower. People serve rice wine and food to the dear departed ones on a mound of bricks. It is believed the dear ones who are dead come and visit their relative and accept their offerings. These are later distributed to the poor and the Harijans in the village. Afterwards the people of the village reassemble at the house of the 'Dhangaspa' family and garland all the family members of the clan. On 16th September about 10 Rajputs of the village go to the high hills to pluck flowers and stay there till 17th of September. On 18th, they return to the village and celebrate the occasion with loud singing and dancing under the deodar trees. The flowers brought are very scented and it spreads a beautiful fragrance in the surrounding area. Perhaps upper reach of Kinnaur region is rich in wild flowers and September month is the best month for flowering. On 20th morning, the 'Deota' - "Narayan" (Local God) is ornamented with images and fine cloths. The images of other 'Deotas' (Local Gods) - made of Gold and silver are mounted on all sides of the frame. All people - men, women and children dress up beautifully and dance and sing and make merry. On 23rd Bhadra - the last day of the festival, the village God is brought back to the temple at the original place and a goat and lamb is sacrificed. Sacrifices are made into wood nymphs and at several places. Dancers perform ritual dances with prehistoric weapons.

Gugnaumi Festival

Introduction to Gugnaumi Gugnaumi is a festival in honor of Googa, the lord of snakes. On this day large feasts (Bhandara) are organized at all the temples of Googa (Googmadhi) in which the food grains collected by the Guru (head priest) are used. It is an elaborate affair and the food is prepared for the Lord by the priests. It symbolizes the offering of the villagers to the Lord of snakes. The farmers also come with offerings of food and pray for their well being. Pictures of snakes are drawn on the walls with turmeric and people feed snakes with milk and butter. Mentally challenged women dance at the temples on this day, in order to get rid of their sickness. It is believed that the spirit of Googa descends upon them and suggests ways of curing the ailment. Googa Saloh and Shibo-Da-than are two major temples where fairs take place. Gugnaumi Festival in Himachal Pradesh is mainly performed by the villagers. It is also whispered that if you can take a glimpse of a snake on this auspicious day your every wish come true. On this day the Lord of Snakes shower His blessings upon the villagers.

Description of Gugnaumi Festival
The villagers celebrate this day with loud music and dance. Amidst extensive cultural programs like singing, dancing the Festival of Gugnaumi is a holy affair in Himachal Pradesh is held. Stalls are raised for buying and selling of goods. A small fair is organized where people prepare various sweet dishes; and other tasty snacks. Other various types of stalls are set up. These stalls generally keep utensils; pottery, garments and accessories. People wear colorful costumes and bedeck themselves with expensive jewelry. They enjoy the Festival of Gugnaumi in Himachal Pradesh to the fullest extent and also goes back home with a gift or two for their near and dear ones. Fairs organized during Gugnaumi are the meeting ground for people, it offers entertainment and relaxation. The Fairs and Festival organized at this particular festival also offer an opportunity for the people of various class, religion and section to meet and exchange their ideas and goods. The Festival of Gugnaumi Himachal Pradesh is a memorable experience.

International Folk Festival

Introduction to the International Folk Festival Himachal Pradesh International Folk Festival is a renowned fiesta held in Himachal Pradesh and is visited by numerous tourists from across the globe. Fairs and Festivals form an integral part of Indian culture and Himachal Pradesh with its rich array of Fairs and Festivals tries its best to reserve the Indian custom. International Folk Festival is generally held in Kullu Valley during the month of October and this Fair is especially memorable for the wide range of materials available here. India with its rich cultural diversity presents itself by means of this fair before a larger audience. With the International Fair in Himachal Pradesh a new window is being opened before the people for communication.

Description of the International Folk Festival in Himachal Pradesh The International Folk Festival offers an opportunity for cultural exchange. Indians find a way to display its wide array of talents in various fields. Since these talents find a good exposure during the International Folk Festival, it is an important event. The International Folk Festival at Himachal Pradesh has an economical significance as well. Since plentiful public from abroad comes here, they pour in their wealth whenever they find a splendid artifact. It is a well known fact that Indian abounds in such splendid artifacts. For this reason the wealth of the country gets a boost and the International Folk Festival in India thus offers an opportunity for economic balance of the country. Numerous goods like handicrafts, pottery are sold in the International Folk Festival. The handicrafts display the richness of Rajasthani culture and the pottery items upholds the Gujrati tradition. Contribution of items from all parts of the country makes this fair more charming. They add their respective hue associated with their home state and thus adds a new feather to the gorgeous coronet of the International Folk Festival in Himachal Pradesh. Moreover the cultural programs like singing and dancing offers full fledged entertainment to the people. These songs and dances belonging to various Indian states enhance the vitality of the International Folk Festival.

Time for the celebration of the International Folk Festival

The International Folk Festival is usually held in October amidst enormous pomp and gaiety.

Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti

Introduction to Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh are the most renowned fairs of Himachal Pradesh. Among the numerous Fairs and Festivals held in Himachal Pradesh the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh is the most conspicuous because of the historical significance associated with it. The Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh indicates the termination of the Summer season and since Himachal Pradesh lies in Northern India, it remains enveloped with ice for most part of the year. So, summer is a welcome relief from the adverse nature and people enjoy the summer month with celebration and full fledged entertainment. In July the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair is usually held. It also marks the advent of the trekking Month at Himachal Pradesh, people gather here for a trekking tour to the mountainous region and also to enjoy the exquisite beauty of the landscape.

Description of the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh
Since trade had been of primary importance in the ancient times, trade routes served as very important locales for the commercial exchanges. At the lee ward side of the Trans Himalayas, there is a place known as Keylong, where a fair is held every year during the month of July. This place had previously been the important spot for Barter Exchanges and people used to buy and sell goods at this place. But in course of time the place gradually lost its significance and Barter Exchanges were virtually stopped. However, there were a number of reasons behind this and the most important reason is perhaps the loss of Independence of the country. But then, people tried to revive the glory of this old place and so started a fair known as Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. It consists of promotion and exchange of goods. Therefore it is a place for the association of various people irrespective of their class, creed and religion. Thus the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh like any other fairs impart tolerance amongst mankind. Along with the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, the Hariyali suggests the arrival of the Monsoon. It is a fair held simultaneously with the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and is also known as Rhyali or Dakhrain. At this fair the spectacular Buffalo Fight stimulates the audience. It consists of a live show of Buffalo Fight and perhaps this has been the direct influence of Athens in Sparta where the Amphitheatres were always filled with spectators. These amphitheaters held live performances of Beast Fights and were enjoyed by the elite people only. But at Himachal Pradesh the door for the entertainment is open for all. It is held near Jatar District, at Rampur.

Time for the celebration of the Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh
Since these fairs known as Kaza’s Ladarcha Fair, Lahaul and Spiti marks the advent of Monsoon they are held in July.

Khogal Festival

Introduction to Khogal Festival Himachal Pradesh the land that takes pride in its stunning landscapes, simple and religious people, presence of numerous local deities, colorful celebrations, tourist attractions has become a regular haunt among every tourist, domestic and foreigners. However of all, the thing that has truly earned immense favors and created special place in the hearts of the tourists is the celebration of various fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh. The fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh are celebrated with high intensity and enthusiasm. Local people dress up in vibrant traditional colors and follow numerous, some religious to the core and some fun oriented to the core, rituals. One such festival that has grown into massive popularity among tourists is Khogal, Himachal Pradesh. The Khogal in Himachal Pradesh has a religious connotation. It is celebrated with a belief that creating screams, loud drum and flute sounds along with torch light in hands will chase the evil spirits away.

Time of celebrating Khogal The festival Khogal, Himachal Pradesh is observed during Lahaul in the month of January. It usually takes place on a full moon day. Hence if you want to bask in the revelry of the festival Khogal Himachal Pradesh and want to see what exactly happens on this festival then visit this state during the month of January.

Description of Khogal Festival
To celebrate Khogal in Himachal Pradesh village people essentially the male members of the family unite at one single location. They gather at one house and take an exotic local drink namely 'Chakti'. The process of visiting house after house continues and they keep drinking the local specialty call Chakti. This activity continues till mid night. However after this, at mid night the drummers or say in their local language 'Chan' sit on the rooftop of a house. Sitting atop the roof of the house, the drummers play drums and flutes. This particular activity is the central part of the festival Khogal Himachal Pradesh. The sound of the drums and flutes mark the beginning of the Khogal celebrations. Further, with the sound of drums and flutes the village people run with lit torches in their hands towards their respective houses and scream. This particular act denotes chasing of the evil spirits away. However at the end of the day villagers gather every torch together and with rising flames of the torch they perform local dance. When dance around the bonfire is over every villager retire back to their home. They now worship the deities of their family along with the local deity called Baraja.

Lohadi Festival

Introduction to Lohadi Himachal Pradesh is a picturesque state of India. This state is situated at the north western part of India. Himachal Pradesh is a wonderful hill state which is located at the interior part of the western Himalayas. There are numerous things to see in Himachal Pradesh. There are lakes, mountains, waterfalls, dense forests, rivers, colorful flowers, wild animals, birds and many more things of beauty. In fact it is the heaven for the nature lovers. Mother Nature has blessed this state with much bounty. Along with the virgin natural territories, Himachal Pradesh has a rich and old cultural tradition too. Culture of Himachal Pradesh is mostly still unadulterated. The people of Himachal Pradesh have been able to maintain their own heritage and tradition. The unique cultural tradition of Himachal Pradesh can be seen in the numerous colorful fairs and festivals of the state. These festivals are celebrated at different times of the year. Lohadi in Himachal Pradesh is one of these various festivals. This is the festival celebrated by the local farmers. In Lohadi, Himachal Pradesh farmers pray to God for the prosperity of their lands.

Time of celebrating Lohadi Lohadi is a winter festival. According to the Hindu calendar this festival takes place at the end of the month of Pausha. Every farmer sings songs and roams around the entire house of the village in the before month of this festival.

Description of Lohadi Festival
The song sung by the farmers has a specific name among the local people. This Lohadi song is called 'Lohkadiyan'. The rituals of Lohadi in Himachal Pradesh start a month before the actual festival. Lohadi is celebrated in each and every household of Himachal Pradesh. The people of each and every house of the village heartily receive the singers. The singers are offered food grains as gifts. After a one month long celebration, the actual day of Lohadi festival comes. On the night of Lohadi, some boys sing deer songs and a local boy disguises himself in the attire of a Deer, which is locally known as Harin. This 'human deer' dances about while the other boys continue singing deer songs. The program of singing and dancing continues for the entire night. Along with that bonfires are created before every house, where jaggery, sesame, rice and radishes are dropped to raise the fire. At the time of Lohadi festival special sweets and various delicious foods are prepared which is called Babru by the local people. Makar Sankranti day falls just after the day of Lohadi festival. On this day local girls sing blessing songs called Rajde. The local people take baths and have Khichadi, which is the ritualistic food of the festival. During this festival, married daughters are invited and they reserve some of the ritual food for the ancestors. In some parts of Himachal Pradesh, people dress themselves with the garlands made with dry fruits.

Losar Festival

Introduction to Losar, Himachal Pradesh On a tour to India don't miss to include Himachal Pradesh in your itinerary. This snow capped hill station boasts of a distinguished Austrian spirit which is very well translated through its conifer topped mountains and Swiss style huts with sloping roof and wide eaves. Some of the best tourist spots of this state of India are Shimla, Dalhousie, Kullu, Kasauli, Manali, Chail and Kufri. These hill stations are like a gem in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. However, on an overall view of Himachal Pradesh it should be mentioned that apart from its scenic beauty the thing that will impress you most is its colorful culture and traditions. And the best way to observe its culture and traditions is to visit this stunning state in India during fairs and festivals. One of such festivals that will take you close to the culture and traditions of the state is Losar, Himachal Pradesh. During this festival local deity is worshipped to ensure happiness and prosperity for the local people in winters. This apart, Losar in Himachal Pradesh is also observed to signify the victory of good over evil. It is also a day to commemorate the assassination of the ruthless Tibetan King called 'Langdarma' in the 9th century.

Time of celebrating Losar Festival Most of the time misinterpreted as devil dance, the Losar in Himachal Pradesh is observed on 25th of eleventh month of local calendar. According to English calendars, this festival falls between the months of November and December. Precisely, its celebration takes place from mid November and continues to first week of December.

Description of Losar in Himachal Pradesh Tibetan New Year or say Losar in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety. The celebration of this festival is marked with kindling if lamps by native people. They burn sacred lamps before their local deity called Kimshu and sing Darshid songs early in the morning. After this they move towards meeting their friends. However, it is not before mid day that people come out of their homes. While offering prayers to God, the local people make some square lumps of mixed flour known as Brang-Gyas and place it in a plate. Once it is done, they gather the statutes of the gods and sweets around the lump along with domestic animal's figurines. The important point about this is that all the statutes and figurines should remain odd in number. The sight of the platter replete with statutes and figures in the early morning is held to be very auspicious.

Mahu Nag Fair
There are many festivals and fairs in Himachal Pradesh that attract a good number of tourists from all across India. International tourists are also waking up to the fact that the state has lots to offer in terms of events and festivals that are characterized by lots of color and gaiety. Many of the fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh also have religious undertones along with the regular dose of merriment and gaiety, the Mahu Nag Fair being one of them. The Mahu Nag Fair is held in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh in the month of April. It is an event where religious fervor combined with gaiety makes for wonderful combination. This annual fair attracts a good number of devotees visiting the Mahu Nag Temple on Sanskranti Day. Visitors to this fair will love exploring the colorful stalls selling all kinds of knick knacks to carry back home. Many people visiting the Mahu Nag Fair in Himachal Pradesh can also visit the nearby temples that are some of the most interesting attractions located in that area. Indian Holiday offers a number of well designed Himachal Pradesh tour pacakges for you to choose from. Encompassing the best of what this picturesque destination has to offer, our packages are also priced very reasonable, thus giving you more reason to celebrate.

Minjar Fair

Introduction to Minjar Fair in Himachal Pradesh The Minjar Fair is held in Himachal Pradesh with great pomp and fanfare. Tourists throng the Chamba region at Himachal Pradesh during the Minjar Fair. It is a fiesta that brings into notice the rich cultural heritage of India. Numerous legends are associated with the Minjar Fair in Himachal Pradesh.

History of Minjar Fair in Himachal Pradesh
The Chamba Town in Himachal Pradesh has gained eminence because of this fair. The River Ravi used to flow in between the Champawati Temple and Hari Rai Temple. The people who visited any one of these two temples had to cross the river Ravi to go to the other. So, the Raja of Himachal Pradesh, asked a saint to make Hari Rai Temple accessible to everyone. The saint in turn ordered the Raja and his subjects to assemble at the Champawati Temple. There a yagna or fire sacrifice was conducted for seven days. The Brahmins who were invited from Benaras prepared a cord of various colors known as Minjar. After the yagna was over, miraculously, the Rive Ravi changed its course and people could then easily visit the temple of Hari Rai. The name Minjar emerged from the cord spun by the Brahman. According to another legend, the Minjar Temple derives its name from the tale of the old woman who wished to meet the king of Chamba but she was so poor that she could not bring a nice gift for the king. But she brought a Maize Flower called Minjar for the benevolent king and from here the name Minjar Fair emerged. The king was so delighted with the old woman that he declared that day to be feted as Minjar Fair.

Description of the Minjar Fair
In the Minjar Fair people generally wear silk costumes and there is always a stalk of Minjar attached to it. They offer their prayers to the Laxmi Narayan Temple and celebrate throughout the week. The stalk of Maize symbolizes their faith in God and also indicates their expectation of a good harvest. During the Minjar Fair, sweets, fruits and money are sent to friends and relatives. The immersion ceremony follows the Puja. This is marked by a grand procession. In this impressive procession the Raghuvir Verman idol along with other gods and goddesses are taken in Palanquins for immersion in the river. As a mark of reminiscence a flag, known as Shahi Flag, is taken back home.

Time for the celebration of Minjar Fair
From the last Sunday of July, the Minjar Fair commences. It continues for seven days at a stretch and is a splendid carnival of Himachal Pradesh.

Pori Festival

Introduction to Pori Festival
Himachal Pradesh is a land of colorful people who love festivals and celebrate local festivals and fairs with great enthusiasm. Most of the fairs and festivals are associated with the different seasonal changes. There are several folklores which are sung at the onset of these festivals. These fairs offer a clear sight into the lives, the beliefs and the traditional customs of the rural life in Himachal. Each district has its own sequence of annual fairs which are symbolic to the historical and sociological background of that area. Festivals have an important place in the lives of the people in Himachal. Pori Festival is celebrated with lot of pomp and show.

Description of Pori Festival in Himachal Pradesh
The Pori Festival of the Lahaul valley is amazing and is celebrated with remarkable zest. On this holy day a proper tradition of worshipping Lord Trilokinath has been followed since ages. It is celebrated in the traditional way at the temple of Trilokinath. On this day the statue of the lord is bathed with milk and yogurt and then at about ten o' clock in the morning a crowd of people goes around the temple beating drums and blowing conchshells and bugles. A horse is also taken round the temple. A butter lamp is lighted up and it burns all day and night. The devotees add butter to the lamp. The light of the lamp indicates the presence of the God. The devotees add more butter to it as they come and accept the ritual Prasad of bright scraps of cloth with deep reverence. A procession with a horse is carried out and it is believed that God rides on the back of the horse and showers His blessings upon the devotees. After the end of the procession, the crowd along with the horse goes to the palace of the local ruler where the horse is given a grand welcome. The horse upon arrival is bathed in sweet water and is offered with healthy food. The king then rides the horse and visits the fair ground which is dotted all over with small shops. The King also distributes some clothes and sweets among the locals on some occasions. The festival of Pori in Himachal Pradesh is a much awaited affair. On this day people of every community unite together and celebrate Pori festival grandly. After the usual rituals the Prasad is distributed to the devotees. The Prasad is considered to be very sacred amongst the locals of Himachal Pradesh.

Sairi Festival

Introduction to Sairi, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is a glorious hill station in India. Many tourists from across the world visit this state to bask in its untamed beauty. However, the other remarkable feature that distinguishes Himachal Pradesh from rest of the other hill stations in India is the celebrations of the numerous colorful fairs and festivals. Himachal Pradesh is graced with a good number of local deities. At every turn different deity can be located. During the celebrations of the fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh, these local deities are worshipped. This apart, on fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh the ebullient life style of the natives becomes prominent as they dress in striking traditional clothes. To state laconically, the fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh are essentially celebrated to mark the well being and prosperity of the community. And one of such festivals that again fall on same line as them is Sairi, Himachal Pradesh. The Sairi in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated on a grand scale. It is precisely observed to ensure well being and prosperity of the community.

Time of celebrating Sairi in Himachal Pradesh Sairi in Himachal Pradesh which is again a celebration to ensure happiness and prosperity for the community is observed on the first day of the month of Ashwin. It falls during winter season in Himachal Pradesh.

Description of Sairi Festival The celebration of the winter festival Sairi in Himcahal Pradesh starts when the maize crops are ready to be harvested. Local people cook Sweet Bhaterus and Pakodus or say the dumplings composed of ground Urd Dhal. During the celebration of the Sairi in Himachal Pradesh it is a tradition that young men and women apply Henna or say seur on their palms and the soles of the feet. Another striking feature of the celebration of the festival Sairi, Himachal Pradesh is that at night village barbers can be spotted decorating a big lemon with kumkum or vermilion and rice. Later, the village barbers arrange these nicely adorned lemons in a beautiful basket along with coconut and attractive flowers. Once this decoration gets finally over, the village barbers carry these baskets around the village from one door to another door. These baskets are curiously awaited by each of the house-holds. The house hold receives both the basket and the carrier with warm hearts. The members of the house place some more flowers, sweets and money in the basket that again signifies an offering. Hence it is this special gesture that marks the celebration of the Sairi in Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla’s Summer Festival

Introduction to Shimla’s Summer Festival in Himachal Pradesh The Summer Festival in Shimla takes place during summer (in May). It is one of the exclusive festivals at Himachal Pradesh and during this festival the entire state bedecks itself in a rich hue. Since Himachal Pradesh lies in the extreme north, the temperature remains below normal for most time of the year. So, summer is a season to rejoice and celebrate for the inhabitants of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is also known as the land of Gods because of its marvelous beauty. The landscape of Shimla is is extraordinary and it produces a powerful visual impact. The enticing landscape of Shimla is made more conspicuous by its richly tinted fairs and festivals and Shimla’s Summer Festival is no exception. It speaks much about itself by its alluring beauty and the Summer Fair adds a new-fangled shade its wide array of colors.

Description of the Summer Festival in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is such a beautiful place that it could only have been drawn by the master stroke of a great painter. Known to be Gods Abode, Shimla offers an exquisite landscape. The delightful scenery is captivating and as a painter dips his brush into his own soul and paints his own nature into the canvas, similarly, the nature in Shimla recognizes this artist as God. Perhaps that is the reason why it is also known as an Abode of God. Shimla’s Summer Festival indicates the rich cultural heritage of India because Shimla has tried its best to reserve the rich and elegant traditional heritage. Shimla’s Summer Festival consists of a huge association of men and women who gather and celebrate the advent of summer. They sing and dance in gratefulness to the glory of God. They offer thanks for the rich harvest and the golden crop and also requests God for a repetition of the same bliss on the following year. In Himachal Pradesh May is the sweetest month, and they celebrate this sweet May with exuberant pomp and grandeur.

Time for the celebration of Summer Festival in Himachal Pradesh
As the name suggests the Summer Festivals in Himachal Pradesh is usually held at the advent of summer. This is in May, and so, the festival has been named as the Summer Festival.

Himachal's Winter Carnival

Wafting snow flakes interspersed by flashes of color and lots of fun is what you can see at the yearly Winter Carnival in Himachal Pradesh. Held in the beautiful hill station of Manali, Himachal's Carnival is an event that draws a good number of tourists from all over India. International tourists can also be seen enjoying the sights and sounds of Manali during the Winter Carnival.
Held in January, the Winter Carnival in Himachal Pradesh offers a fine range of attractions to regale every single visitor. Right from folk dances to entertaining skits, there is something for everyone to look forward to during the Himachal Pradesh Winter Carnival. Among the other attractions of the Winter Carnival in Manali, Himachal Pradesh are a variety of winter sports that draw a good number of enthusiasts from all over. Contests like "Winter Queen" and "Mr. Manali" also attract many visitors at the Winter Carnival in Himachal Pradesh. The Winter Carnival in Himachal Pradesh is an event that means all round entertainment. So if you are looking for something unique this winter, make sure that you are a part of Himachal's Winter Carnival. It is an event you will love to remember with great delight. Indian Holiday offers a number of well designed Himachal Pradesh tour pacakges for you to choose from. Encompassing the best of what this picturesque destination has to offer, our packages are also priced very reasonable, thus giving you more reason to celebrate.