Himachal Pradesh is a State in the northern part of India situated in the Western Himalayas. It is one of the eleven mountain states and is characterized by an extreme landscape featuring several peaks and extensive river system. Himachal Pradesh shares borders with the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to the north, and the states of Punjab to the west, Haryana to the southwest, and Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh...
Himachal Pradesh is a State in the northern part of India situated in the Western Himalayas. It is one of the eleven mountain states and is characterized by an extreme landscape featuring several peaks and extensive river system. Himachal Pradesh shares borders with the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to the north, and the states of Punjab to the west, Haryana to the southwest, and Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh to the south. The state also has a border with the autonomous region of Tibet to the east.
Himachal Pradesh is a multiregional, multicultural as well as multilingual state like any other Indian states. It was one of the few states that had remained largely untouched by external customs, largely due to its difficult topography. Diverse colors of Himachali culture are seen in the customs, fairs and festivals, weddings, traditions, folk dances. People of the state generally prefer folk music. Culture of Himachal Pradesh is not only exuberant in the physical attires of the Himachalis but also in their festival celebrations, musical melodies, rhythmic dance forms and simple lifestyle. Culture of Himachal Pradesh is applauded for its exclusive pieces of arts and handicrafts which are an undeniable part of the culture of Himachal Pradesh. These dances are very vital part of the tribal life. Himachal Pradesh is racy in folk music and till date no classical music has ever initiated. However, a special kind of songs namely Samskara song are grounded on ragas which belong to the genre of Indian Classical Music. Famous dance styles are Naati, (The Mala Dance), The Thoda Dance, Jhamakada (Gidda Form). The Tribal Dances as Dandaras, Ghurehi, Chamm Dance, of Lahaul Spiti, Losar Shona Chuksam etc. In Sirmaur and Mahasu regions a woman dances in high spirits and the whole lot of audience are totally entralled by their vivacious performance.
Mr Harbans Brascon
Information and Public Relations, Himachal Pradesh
The celebration of seven-day of International Dussehra in Kullu takes place on the tenth day of Navratri which is in the month of October or November. The Rath Yatra begins on the day of Dussehra and goes on continuously for seven days. A Rath Yatra (procession) is carried out wherein people carry their local deities and take them to the temple of Lord Raghunath. including the major deities of Kullu like Hadimba, Jamlu Rishi and others. Over 200 local deities participate in the festival. The burning of Ravana is a symbol of the Dussehra festival but the most amazing fact about this festival is that no Ravana effigy is burnt during the event.
The International Minjar Fair, begins on second Sunday of Shrawan month in district Chamba. The fair is announced by distribution of Minjar which is a silken tassel worn on some parts of the dress by men and women alike. The week long fair begins when the Minjar flag is hoisted in historical Chowgan of Chamba town. Various Sports and cultural programmes are also organised. The centuries-old traditional Hindu fair symbolises the blossoming of maize crop. A procession is taken out from Akhand Chandi Palace which culminates by immersing Minjar in River Ravi.