India is a country where the most primitive festivals are celebrated as compared to other countries. People of every religion have different festivals and every festival celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm to enjoying the feast. Kashmir is known as the heaven of the earth and no doubt about its ethereal beauty, enchanting valleys and green nature really seem like a heavenly sight. At the time of festivals in Kashmir, the beauty of this place gets magnified manifold because people forget all communal tensions and celebrate the festivals peacefully with each other.
List of Festivals in Kashmir and Jammu
If you are travelling to Kashmir then you must know about some of the major festivals in Kashmir state so that if you are present at the time of festival then you can celebrate with great zeal and enthusiasm. It will add a unique and new experience to your trip. Now Swastik Holiday compiled a list of Major Festivals in Jammu and Kashmir State, which are given below:
Gurez is one of Local festivals of Kashmir state celebrated in the Gurez Valley during July or August. The Local people of this valley host this festival and display their handicrafts, cuisine and culture. Many types of recreational and adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, zorbing, cycling are also done in this festival which people like very much. Competitions like painting and drawing and cultural music programs are also organized here, in which people participate enthusiastically.
Tulip Festival is one of the famous festivals in Kashmir celebrated in the months of spring (April) when the state flourishes with Tulips. Srinagar hosts this festival every year in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden which is considered as the largest Tulip Garden in Asia. This festival exhibits the local handicrafts, delicious cuisines, culture programs and Tulips flowers that boast of the variety of Tulips garnered here. People come here in the spring season and enjoy the mesmerizing and breathtaking sight variety of tulips on this festival.
In order to promote Jammu and Kashmir tourism, the state government of Kashmir started this festival in 2016 which is known as Shikara Festival. This is one of the adventurous festivals in Kashmir organized in the Main Dal Lake of Srinagar. During this festival all Shikara’s are decorated with very beautiful paint and clothes then participate in Shikara Race, Dragon Boat Race, and Kano Polo Matches. Many other cultural programs are also organized here. Shikara festival is celebrated once every year in the months of July or August. It seems glimpse the culture of Kashmir.
Eid Ul Fitr
Eid ul Fitr is the biggest and joyous festival of Muslims which is celebrated after the fasting of Ramadan. Although this festival is celebrated with great pomp all over the world, but Kashmir is a Muslim majority state of India so there is a different fun to celebrate Eid. People pays fitra to the poor ones and wears new clothes before namaz-eid-ul-fitr at this day. After paying namaz they hugs with relatives & friends, share wishes and exchanges sweets and enjoy this peaceful festival.
Eid Ul Juha / Eid Ul Azha
Eid ul Azha is also one of the biggest festivals of Muslims which is celebrated in Kashmir as well as all over the world. This Festival is a symbol of sacrifices. At this special day people wear clean/new clothes and then pay their Namaz called Eid-ul-Azha. After complete their Namaz people hugs and wishes to each other. On this day every Muslim Household performs Kurbani of their loving animal like goat, camel or sheep and distributes that meat to the poor people and widows.
Urs and Ziyarat is a huge inter-communal celebration of Kashmir. People of all religion whether they are Hindus, Muslims or Sikhs, all believes celebrate this festival above communalism. It is celebrated several times a year on the death anniversaries of some special eminent Muslim saints like Misha Sahib, Batmol Sahib and Bahauddin Sahib. Often there is a big dilemma due to bad weather here, but still people of all religions join and celebrate these Urs with great pomp.
Baisakhi is a Sikh festival which is celebrated on the 14th of April. This festival is the first day of the Sikh calendar and begins with harvesting the crop in India. Since the population of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir is very high, so this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. At this festival all Sikhs Community gathers and raises Nishan Sahib Flag. They also visit to local Gurdwaras and community fairs and share festive foods to the all peoples.
Lohri is a popular winter folk festival in Jammu Kashmir celebrated in Jammu region on 13 January at every year. The festival marks the end of peak winter and celebrates the harvest of sugarcane crops. At this festival people wear brightest clothes, light up a bonfire, Sing Punjabi song, Dance at Dhol beat, collect gifts and eat winter delicacy like corn, peanuts, sesame and jiggery.
Holi is a big festival of Hindu community which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and warmth all over India. People of Kashmir observe this festival for two whole days. On the first day all the people follow the puja and fast and burn holika in the rituals and welcome the arrival of summer while on the second day, People celebrate this festival of colors with great pomp and drenched with water and colors. On this festival of Holi, people of Kashmir also prepare a special dish and eat it together.
Ram Navami is also a festival of the Hindu community which is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated on the 9th day of Navratri. On this day people decorates all the shrines or Hindu temples by beautiful flowers. They Recites Rama katha and worship their Lord Rama and distribute some foods at their home or temples.
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