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Jammu and Kashmir Festivals

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Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. It is known as the crown state of India. It is rich in culture and diversity. This article lists the major festivals celebrated by Jammu and Kashmir every year.

Holi Festival:

The festival of Holi is celebrated with much enthusiasm in the state of Jammu and Kashmir Holi is known as the festival of colours. It is celebrated in the month of March every year and it spans for two days. The first day starts off with fasting and prayers. In the evening, bonfires are lit in celebration of the triumph of good over evil. This also symbolises the end of the harsh winters. The second day commences with people playing with colours and coloured water.

Lohri Festival:

Lohri is also known as Maghi festival. This festival is celebrated annually in the state of Jammu and Kashmir sometime in the middle of January. This festival commemorates the last day for sowing of the rabi or winter crops. This day generally marks the middle of winter. This festival is celebrated by community bonfires, dances and folk songs. The Chajja dance is an important part of this festival. The youth prepare chajjas with coloured paper and dance to drum beats on the street.

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Baisakhi Festival:

Baisakhi festival is a very important festival celebrated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is held on the 13th day of the month of April. It commemorates the first day of spring or the first “Baisakh” and it celebrates the passing of winter. It marks the New Year for Sikhs. This is mainly a rural festival. This festival celebrates the sowing of new crops. People take dips in the Ganga on this day. There are different village fairs held which introduce and combine Bhangra dancing, wrestling, and archery. This day is auspicious for marriages.

Sri Rama Navami:

“Sri Rama Navami” marks the birth of Lord Rama,who was the king of Ayodhya and the protagonist of the ancient epic “Ramayana”. He is also called “Kalyanotsavam”. Navami also marks the marriage of Rama and Sita. The festival is celebrated for ten days. Devotees fast and pray at various temples to Lord Rama. The temples are decorated with flowers and Rathyatras are organised across the towns and cities. The religious epic “Ramayana” is all over the state. The people consider this time auspicious and buy new clothes. They decorate their houses with lamps and flowers. “Bhajans” are sung in praise of Lord Rama.

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Navratri:

Navratri in hindi means nine nights. It is celebrated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir annually and is known as the festival of nine nights. This festival honours the Mother Goddess or the Divine Shakti or Force of the universe. During this festival, colourful costumes are worn and folk dances are performed. Offerings are made to Durga devi and mauli is worn by little girls.

Diwali:

Diwali or Deepavali is known as the Festival of Lights. This festival commemorates the killing of the demon Ravana by the king of Ayodhya, Ram. On returning after his victory, the kind was welcomed with the lighting of crackers and light. In Jammu and Kashmir, this is a major festival celebrated with lamps, crackers and fireworks. It is celebrated on Amavasya or new moon day in this state.

The major Muslim festivals like Id and Muharram are also celebrated by the Muslim majority who reside in the state. These festivals of the state bring out the vibrant and rich culture of its local community. In order to experience the state, one must take part in all these festivities.

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