Kashmir Festivals

Being the rich in culture and having huge cultural heritage, there are a number of festivals enjoyed by the people here. The simple people of Kashmir celebrate a number of festivals in remembrance of the Lords and deities. Among the famous festivals of Kashmir, the Amarnath Yatra is celebrated in the reverence of Lord Shiva. The story behind the Amarnath caves states that, it is here where Lord Shiva had revealed his secret of immortality to mother Parvati. It is the belief of the Kashmiris, that two pigeons overheard their conversation and also became immortal, and are still alive. Some of the tourists have also claimed that they have seen these pigeons on their way to the Amarnath caves. These caves and the pilgrimage has huge importance in Hinduism and hence there are a number of followers visit the place every year from across the country.

 

The people here constitute mainly of the Hindu and Muslim society. Dussehra is celebrated during the months of September to October. Khichri Amavasya is also one of the several festivals of Kashmir, usually celebrated in the month of December and January. As the name suggests, the locals prepare Khichri- a dish of rice and dal with ghee, and offers the bhog to the Yaksha spirit. It is believed that by the offerings the Yaksha helps one to solve all the problems of life and brings good luck ahead with the time.

 

Basant Panchami is not a very vibrantly celebrated festival, the kashmiris prepare yellow rice for the birds, and make small balls of it. They feed the birds during this festival, as they believe in earning blessings from them. During Shivratri or the Herat festival, the Kashmiris worship Lord Shiva and mother Parvati. The females pay a visit to their parent's home and wear new clothes. The people offer walnuts and dry fruits to the deities and after the time period of the puja is over these offerings are distributed among the relatives and friends. There are a lot of people who wish each other and celebrate the festival.

 

Some of the common festivals celebrated here are Eid and Diwali, Janmashtami and Raksha Bandhan. If you visit Kashmir during the festive season, the locals would happily invite you to their celebration and introduce you to their unique culture. The locals here are much joyful and hence love if the visitors participate in their festivals.

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