There are hundreds of festivals of every religion and one hundred more states in each state which make this country sacred, sacred, and culturally rich. Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, newly formed Uttaranchal, and Uttar Pradesh state are the six states that make up the northern part of India. Celebrate specific festivals the cultures and cultures differ not only from state to state but from mountainous regions to the plains. The festival brings to life the people of Northern India. The festivals are quite stylish and celebrated in northern India. The festivals of North India include various ethnic-cultural groups and the North Indians do not object or prevent strangers in their celebrations.
The key festivals of North India-
Jammu & Kashmir
The two most important festivals of Muslims, Eid-ul-Azha, and Eid-ul-Fitr are celebrated in full extension in Kashmir. Since Kashmir is a Muslim majority region, it witnesses great participation in Muslim festivals.
Urs Ramadan is celebrated on the last day of a month-long Eid ul Fitr. Sweet exchanges and wearing new dresses, meeting relatives, and greetings complete this peaceful festival. The namaz is done six times a day and the fast is broken with enjoyment.
In order to promote Shikara festival tourism, the government of Kashmir started the festival in 2016. It is either in July or August. Shikara races, dragon boat races, and canoe polo races.
The Lohri festival
The festival is celebrated for harvesting at the end of winter. Every year on January 13th, the festival is observed. It is a popular festival in Jammu.
Tulip Festival is organized with thriving Tulip, during the spring season. The tulip festival takes place at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar. The festival has a showcase of local handicrafts, delicious food, cultural events, and of course, tulips!
Take a look at all the top festivals that they should attend at least once in their lifetime. Festivals are one of the most beautiful ways to give an insight into the traditions and culture of Punjab.
Baishakhi – Punjab’s Crop Festival
The Baisakhi festival is celebrated on the occasion of the first harvest. These are arranged in every house with lightings. Fairs are held in various parts of the state. It is celebrated in the middle of April.
Gurpurab is a matter of spirituality to the Sikhs. Gurupurab is one of the most important festivals in Punjab. The Sikh community celebrates the birth anniversary of highly respected Sikh gurus and a religious procession begins with the holy hymn.
Every married woman fasts from sunrise to sunset for the long life of their husbands. The fourth day of the Krishna Chaturthi is celebrated in the Kartik month. This occasion is often seen in Bollywood movies.
Chappar Cultural Fair
Chhappar Mela is one of the most popular and spectacular festivals in Punjab. The fair, which began over 12 years ago, is celebrated with music and dance, apart from the traditions. This cultural fair has witnessed a large number of people’s participation in recent years. Celebrated in the village of Chhapar in Ludhiana district, it is held every year in September where people worship snakes.
Deepavali is celebrated the previous day of Tikka of Punjabi. The festival celebrates the bond of brotherhood, where the sister tickles her brother’s forehead and prays for life. The festival is also known as Bhai Duj in many states.
The Rakshasa celebrates worshiping Lord Raghunath in the Kulu Valley without following the rules of burning an image of King Ravana. Traditional Kullu Dussehra extends for seven days, and begins with Lord Raghunath’s procession with other gods of the city, making a beautifully decorated chariot ride across the city. The following days also held a number of cultural events, such as international folk festivals, nunadevi fairs, and celebrated by dances, songs, and banquets.
One of the most famous festivals in Himachal is the Halda festival, which welcomes the New Year by paying homage to the goddess of wealth Shashika Apa. A special event is organized so that people worship the goddess and pray for her blessings and at night, there are musical instruments, bonfires, dance acts, and a banquet. When all the people are together in one common place (decided by the Llama), they throw the lamps on the wings. The firing symbolizes solidarity and solidarity within the community. The actual date and place of the festival are determined by the Lama but it is usually celebrated in two days, in December or January, in the Lahul district of Himachal Pradesh.
The Winter Carnival transforms Manali into an adventure and culture lover’s paradise. The carnival focuses on promoting the culture of the state through plays, folk dances, music, and local food.
Ice Skating Carnival
When winter begins, Himachal Pradesh gets renovated the white landscape into a magical wonderland. One of the popular festivals held this season is the Ice Skating Carnival. This is the largest natural ice-skating rink in Asia. The festival, which does skiing and ice-hockey, also does dance shows and fancy clothing contests as part of this fun carnival, which attracts thousands of people every year.
International Himalayan Festival
The International Himalayan Festival is a fascinating festival, celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize in His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It lasts three days and is attended by cultural performances and events, local artists, and students of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Uttarakhand has a diverse and vibrant culture, being home to various castes, tribal communities, and even immigrants. Ideas and rituals like Garhwali and Kumauni are an important part of people’s lives and also confirm their identity.
Kumbh Mela is the largest and most popular festival in Uttarakhand. It is the largest mecca of Hindu pilgrims who come to get rid of their sins by taking bath and dip in the Ganga. The fair is a 3-month long festival and revolves around Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik once every 12 years.
Nanda Devi Mela
The people of the state mainly celebrate the Nanda Devi Fair. It is found in many places of Uttarakhand such as Almora, Nainital, Ranikhet. The fairs at Almora and Rupkund attract the most diverse people.
Basant Panchami is the festival celebrating the spring season. This is an important festival of Uttarakhand. The festival ends at the end of winter, a season of death and decay, and is celebrated in the month of Magh, in January / February. Traditional fugitives wear yellow clothing, dance around, and dance.
On this special day, people worship the sun, bath in the Ganga river water. When it is said that the sun moves from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere, immersion in river water is considered very good.
In the list of Uttar Pradesh chief festivals – Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh, Ramlila, Shravan Jhula Mela, Ram Navmi Mela are mentionable.