Festivals in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the “Devabhumi” (“Land of the Gods”) due to number Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand’s diverse ethnicities have created a rich literary tradition in languages including Hindi, Kumaoni, Garhwali, Jaunsari, and Tharu.

There are various famous festivals celebrated in Uttarakhand. In Uttarakhand throughout the year many festivals are celebrated.

List of Famous Festivals in Uttarakhand

  • Dehradun Literature Festival
  • Harela
  • Kandali Festival
  • Kumauni Holi
  • Nanda Devi Raj Jat

Uttarakhand has earned status of Devbhoomi due to its religious and spiritual significance that dates back to eternities ago. The traditional belief and culture here is extremely unique and one of a kind which gives birth to some of the most colorful and fun-filled festivals in Uttarakhand. No matter Kumaoni or Garhwali the hill population find a reason to celebrate almost every month of the year, some of them being widely acclaimed while some remain limited to local grounds but are equally special.

Other Festivals of Uttarakhand

Kumbh Mela, Baishaki, Devidhura Mela, Uttaraini Mela, Gauchar Mela, Nanda Devi Mela, Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, Peerane Kaliyar, Maga Mela, Vishu Mela, Ardh Kumbh Mela, Nandadevi Fair, Jauljibi & Thal Fair, Uttarayani Fair, Hatkalika Fair, Khataltua Fair, Somnath Fair and Devidhura Fair.

It is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage, which takes place at four locations of India. One of them is Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand, where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas at the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Kumbh Mela of Uttarakhand takes place four times every twelve years at the above location. Every twelve-year cycle includes the Maha Kumbh Mela at Haridwar and Prayag, which is the largest pilgrimage gathering in the world. It is attended by millions of people.

Also Read: List of Districts in Uttarakhand

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