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Fair & Festivals of Kashmir

Fair & Festivals of Kashmir

Like any other state of India the fair and festivals of Kashmir reflects its cultural heritage and age old traditions. The state represents a true epitome of "Unity in diversity". The state of Jammu & Kashmir has the followers of mainly three regions. Jammu has majority of Hindus, Kashmir is populated with Muslims while Ladakh is purely a Buddhist region. The fair and festivals of the region depict their colorful way of life and are celebrated by the people of all the religions together irrespective of wars and rifts. Some of the famous fairs and festivals of Jammu & Kashmir are:-

Lohri :- Also known as Makar Sankranti the festival is celebrated with great zest in rural areas of Jammu to welcome the spring. Thousands of devotees take a dip in the holy rivers. In the rural areas it is a customary, the young boys go around asking for gifts from the newly weds and the couples who become parents. Chajja dance is performed on this occasion and a procession on the streets is accompanied by pulsating drumbeats.

Hemis Festival :- Hemis is a religious festival that is mainly celebrated in Ladakh region to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava . The festival is celebrated on 9th 10th and 11th day of the 5th month according to the Tibetan Calendar. According to a popular believe on this day Guru Padmasambhava fought with demons and defeated them. To celebrate this victory Lamas dress themselves in traditional clothes and wear century old masks and perform the dances to depict the victory of good over evil. The music, drum beats and traditional dresses of Lamas maker the visitors spell bound.

Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha :- Both these festivals are famous Muslim festivals celebrated with great pomp and show in all over India. The festivals are celebrated with great zeal in all over Jammu & Kashmir due to dominance of Muslim populations. Eid Ul Fitr marks the end of fasting month of Ramadan. On this occasion people wear new cloths and attend great feasts. On Eid UL Azha people sacrifice goats, sheep and even camels.

The Jhiri mela :- The Jihri Mela is held annually to commemorate the memory of Baba Jitu who was a simple and honest farmer and prefer to kill himself to protest against the unfair demands of his landlord. He use to live in the village of Jhiri just 14 Km from Jammu. According to the popular belief the followers of Baba gather together at Jhiri on the appointed day from all corners of North India to pay homage to his courage and honesty. An annual fair is held on this day to mark the event.

Navratri Festival :- The festival of Navratri is celebrated in all over India with great devotion and fervor. People fast for the nine days and pray to nine forms of goddess Durga. In Jammu due to the famous shrine of Vaishno Devi people from all parts of India come here to take the blessings of Goddess.

Purmandal Mela :- Purmandal Mela is held at Purmandal , 39n Km from the city of Jammu. The fair is held to celebrate the occasion of Maha Shivratri, the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It falls usually in the months of February and March. The people from all across the Jammu gather together in their best attires and throng at the shrines of Peer Khoh, Ranbireshwar Temple and Panjbhaktar Temple.

Bahu Mela :- Celebrated twice a year mainly in the months of March – April and September – October . It is famous Hindu festival held at the Kali Temple in Bahu Fort of Jammu.

Mansar Food and Craft Mela :- To promote the local art and crafts of the state J&K Tourism organizes a 3 day festival annually during the Baisakhi . The picturesque Mansar Lake situated 60 Km from Jammu is the venue of this Mela. Visitors from all over the Kashmir throng to see the wonderful display of local crafts and cusines of the state.

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