is the first month of the lunar year and the first day of the month is
cellebrated with a belief to bring hapiness and prosperity. This
festival is known as Chatrali in Kullu and Dholru in Bharmaur area of
Chamba district. In district Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur, first day of
Chet month hold special importance.
are celebrated with great interest in Himachal Pradesh. Durga Ashtami
is of great importance all over the state. People visit nearest Durga
temple to offer prayer during Navratras.
is knows as Bisowa in Kangra, Bissue in Shimla hills and Lisshoo in
Pangi-Chamba. This festival is generally celebrated on 13th of April.
Preparation for the festival starts much early. The houses are white
washed. People take holy dip at Haridwar, Tattapani near Shimla,
Banganga near Kangra, Markanda near Bilaspur. During day time, Baisakhi
fair is held at many places with traditional gaiety and attraction.
Women's participation in large number add special color to the festive
mood of the people.
also known as Shegtsum in Lahaul, Dhakhrain in Jubbal and Kinnaur. This
festival is celebrated on the Ist Sawan - 16th July. Few days before the
festival, seeds of five to seven kinds of grains are sown together in
small basket full of earth by any member of the family near the place of
the household deities. Stems are offered to household deities and are
also placed on the upper frame of the door. Farmers do not yoke oxen on
this day. Blood sucking insects like Lice, Bugs, Flees etc. are burnt
with cowdung balls. People in Kinnaur district garland village deity
with wild flowers. Dancing and singing is a common practice during the
Rakhi is one of the
major festivals celebrated all over India. It is known as Rakhrunya in
Mandi district, Salunnu in Sirmaur district and Rakhpunya in Shimla
district. It is well known as 'Rakhri' in most of the Himachal Pradesh.
It is celebrated on the moon full in Shrawan, when sister ties sacred
thread round the wrist of her brother and seeks protection and affection
in exchange. Brother too give her, either money or some other gift with
It is also known
as Prithvi pooja in some places. It is celebrated on the Ist of Bhadon -
middle of August. This continues for full one month. The farmers do not
yoke oxen during this month. In Kullu, this festival is known as
Badranjo. In Chamba, it is called Pathroru. It is a festival of flowers
here. This is an occasion of great celebration, particularly for girls
who dance on this day.
It is a
rite offered to any village deitiy. This is commemorated each year on
the fourth day of the month of September. Mahasu Devta (deity) is
worshipped in upper Shimla hills, Kinnaur and Sirmaur regions of the
state. Singing and dancing is the common feature of the festival.
only in Kinnaur region in the month of Bhadon or in the beginning of
Asauj. People from each household proceed towards hilltops to collect
flowers, which are offered to village deity and afterwards these flower
garlands are distributed among the people. Priest makes forecasts about
crops and changes in seasons etc. Priest's words are taken for granted
by local people.
celebrated in the month of September in new Himachal. This is a Bara-Din
(Big day) of the hillmen. Rich food is prepaired on the first day of
the month and people worship their local deity for prosperous future.
is a religious festival, takes place in the month of October at
'Thang-gyud Monastery' In the month of October, a similar festival
called Guitor is held in the Monasteries at Ki, Tabo, Dankar and Pin
of Dushehra are same in all the places of India. It is celebrated on
the month of Spetember or October. On Dashmi - 10th day of celebration,
people make a bonfire of effigies of Ravna, Kumbhkarna and Meghnatha. It
symbolises victory of good over evil. Dushehra of Kullu is famous all
over the world.
the most famous festival of India. It is the festival related to
returning of Lord Rama to home after killing Ravna. It is celebrated in
the month of October or November. The festival is locally known as
'Diali. Preparation for the festival starts much early. The houses are
white washed. People buy new clothes and new toys for their children.
People exchange sweets and other things with each other. Alomost all the
bazar are overcrowded on this day and there are celebrations in the
air. At night people perform Lakhshami Pooja and after that whole state
comes to a new life when children and young ones indulge in Fireworks.
some areas, it is also known as Maghi or Saza. It is celebrated on the
Ist of Magh - mid January. People celebrate it more as a continuation of
the season of festivals. After finishing agricultural activities, they
feast and celebrate and avail themselves of the time to meet their
relatives. This festival continues for 8 days. On 8th day, people make
get together and show social solidarity. Dance and music goes on for the
It is a
festival organised in Gumrang Kothi in Keylong and adjoining areas,
falling sometime in January or February. Date for the celebrations is
decided by the Lamas on the basis of their astrological calculations.
This festival is celebrated jointly by all the families, where male
child were born in the preceding year.
festival is celebrated in the entire tribal belt of Himachal Pradesh
and in the Tibetan colonies at Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Solan and
Baijnath. The old Buddhist shrine, celebrating Padamsambhava's marriage
with a local Princess at Rewalser in Mandi district also emerges as a
pivotal attraction for these religious celebrations. This festival means
a beginning of a new year and is held in the last week of February.One
can witness a Chham dance, various mask dances and dramas remniscent of
the post Buddhist culture with traditional orchestra.
is celebrated in the month of February. The western part of India is
influenced greatly by the mythology of Lord Shiva. This festival is
given the greatest importance even in temples. Some people keep fast on
this day. Images of Lord Shiva and Parvati are made from cowdung or
earth soil for worshipping. Songs in praise of Shiva and Parvati are
sung. This is the festival of great significance in the life of hill
people. Shivratri of Mandi ranks above all in Western Himalayas. Mandi
town is tastefully decorated and thousands of hill fork arrived in their
traditional dresses participate in the fair.
is celebrated especially by the people of Chandra and Bhaga Valleys in
December or January in Lahaul and Spiti district. It is like a Diwali
festival for them. Though it is a festival of light, no lamps or candles
are lighted except that two or three persons from every household carry
burning sticks of pencil, thin cedar in their hands to be piled
together to make a bonfire and later to be ceremoniously thrown towards
the villages of Gushal and Kardang.
of Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Kullu celebrate this festival, when a
household individually collects enough money for celebration. Nawala, in
fact, is a thanks giving ceremony to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped at
the time of misfortune and clamiti. Devotional songs in praise of Lord
Shiva are sung throughout the night.