Famous Festival of Jammu& Kashmir
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THE FAMOUS 8 FESTIVALS OF JAMMU & KASHMIR IN THE STATE OF INDIA, HAVE MAGNIFICENT CULTURES AND TRADITIONS.

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The State of Jammu & Kashmir has magnificent cultures and traditions. The three provinces of the Indian state are Kashmir, Jammu & Ladakh. All festivals are fascinating diversity in their own provenance. In this Article, I want to describe the Famous 8 festivals of Jammu & Kashmir of India.

Jammu & Kashmir was a state in India from 1954 till 2019, constituting the southern and southeastern portion of the larger Kashmir region, which has been a dispute between India, Pakistan & China. Since the Mid 20th century.

The Govt. Of India replaced the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution 2019. The parliament of India passed the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, which contained provisions that dissolved the state and recognised in two union territories-Jammu & Kashmir in the west and Ladakh in the east. With effect from 31st October 2019.

Its area is 222,236 sq km. The language of Jammu & Kashmir is Kashmiri, Dogri, Urdu, Hindi & English. Its population is about 5millions. More than 80% population is engaged in the agriculture of rice, wheat, apple, pears, peaches, and other fruits.

 1.The Golden Namchot festival:-

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Galdan-namchot-festival in Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir remains vibrant with colourful festivals all throughout the year. Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir is mainly famous for its monastic festivals. These monastic festivals are mainly dance-dramas performed by the monks who dress up colourfully in robes and masks and perform the various aspects of religion in a festive manner.

 The Golden Namchot festival in Ladakh is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of the Buddha-hood of the Tibetan saint scholar, Je Tsongkhapa. He was born in 1357 in Tsongkha city in Amdo, Tibet, which is present-day Haidong and Xining, Qinghai. He was the founder of the Gelukpa School during the 14th century which preaches Tibetan Buddhism.

The Golden Namchot festival has both social and religious importance. It is celebrated on the twenty-fifth day of the 10th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. During the Golden Namchot festival all the monasteries, the public, and residential, buildings are well-illuminated with butter lamps. This festival means starting of New Year celebrations in Ladakh.It is one of the famous festivals of Jammu & Kashmir.

 During this festival, all kinds of traditional dishes are well prepared like chicken items and vegetable items prepared. Different noodle soups, momos, and thumps are prepared. Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir is mainly famous for the monastic festivals. The monks who dress up colourfully in robes and masks perform colorfully music drama. People visit their loved ones and eat meals together. The Golden Namchot festival is celebrated with great fervor throughout Ladakh.

2. Hemis Festival:-

Famous festival of Jammu & Kashmir
Hemis-festival in Jammu & Kashmir

People from all over the world come to Ladakh’s famous culture and adventures and Buddhist culture. This region is popular for fairs and festivals. One of the well-known festivals is Ladakh’s Hemis festival. It is a famous festival in Jammu & Kashmir.

 This is a two-day festival that denotes Buddhist guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary. This festival takes place in the popular Hemis Gompa, which is situated at a distance of 45 km from Leh.

This two-day Hemis festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. The number of people dressed in bright colorful clothes to celebrate the festival. In order to protect his people the Tibetan Buddhism founder Guru, Padmasambhava fought the evils.

On his birth anniversary, all the people celebrate the Hemis festival. On this particular day, a ritual is followed. People at this festival mask themselves, and sing and dance. The main highlight of this festival is the unique masked dance performed by the Lamas.

The dance performance depicted this festival’s central theme of the victory of good over evil. One of Ladakh’s oldest carnivals is the Hemis festival. This festival is organized in the monastery, It is 300 years old and also Ladakh’s richest monastery. All the activities during the Hemis festival take place at the Hemis Gompa, which is in the center.

3.Tulip Festival:-

Famous festival of Jammu & Kashmir
Tulip-festival in Jammu & Kashmir

The Tulip festival is an annual celebration, that aims to showcase. It is organised during the onset of spring in Kashmir valley.

This Tulip festival has a wide range of flowers in the Tulip Garden. This festival is organized by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to increase tourism.

The Tulip Garden has sixty types of tulips that are planted in such a way that they form beautiful views to attract thousands of tourists from both national and International every year of spring. The main dates of the Tulip festival are from the 1st of April to the 30th of April every year.

 The Indira Gandhi memorial of Tulip Garden can be accessible by road, rail, and air route. There are several species of Tulip flowers such as standard Tulips, Double Bloom, Parrot Tulips, Fringed Tulips, –color standard Tulips, Fostering Tulips, Lily flowering Tulips, and many more types.

 The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden in Srinagar is spread over 30 hectares of Land. This Tulip garden is Asia’s biggest Tulip garden.

4.Ladakh Festivals:-

Famous festival of Jammu & kashmir
Ladakh Festival in Ladakh

 This is the main festival of the Jammu & Kashmir Ladakh region. The Ladakh festival is a unique convergence of culture and enthusiasm. It is the harvest festival of Jammu & Kashmir. This festival is held for 15 days in the month of September every year.

 The major street of Leh and Ladakh are decorated with lights and people are dressed in colorful cultural troops from the various parts of Ladakh. They walk on the street with various parts of traditional music and dance. Archery and polo competitions are also held during this festival and are wonderful treats to visitors.

5.Dosmoche Festival in Ladakh:-

Famous festival of jammu & Kashmir
Dosmoche Festival in Ladakh

Dosmoche festival is celebrated every year in the month of February with great enthusiasm every year in Leh, Likir, and Diskit monasteries. It is a two-day annual festival where the Lamas from Takthok Monastery who is experts in astrology and tantric practices prepare the complex thread crosses the capture the evil spirits.

 The Dosmoche Festival is celebrated in Ladakh, just below Leh place. It is also known as the “Festival of Scapegoats”. It is one of the most famous prayer festivals in Ladakh. During this festival, monks from different monasteries gather at the country yard of the Leh place to perform the masked dances called Chhamas.

 It signifies the victory of good over evil. People share sweets with friends and families. It is a festival of colour, celebration and joy. The festival commences with the setting up of large wooden masts decorated with sacred emblems, streamers & flags.

The Lamas continue to weave the crosses while chanting the sacred mantras, a practice known as Chams. This ritual symbolizes the elimination of all evil spirits. Every ritual is performed according to a particular time

6. Shikara Festival:-

Famous festival of Jammu & Kashmir
Shikara Festival in Jammu & Kashmir.

The lifeline and identity of Dal Lake in Kashmir, Shikara celebrated once a year. To promote tourism, Kashmir’s government began this festival in 2016. During this festival, shakers are painted and dressed beautifully. ShiShikarticipates in the Shikara race, the Dragon boat race.

Another cultural program is also organized which will give you a glimpse of the culture of Kashmir. This festival takes place in the month of July or August every year. The shikhara is a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake and the water bodies of Srinagar & Jammu Kashmir.

Shikras are of varied sizes and are used for multiple purposes including transporting people. Some of the Ishikawa is used for Fishing, harvesting, aquatic vegetation (usually for fodder), and transport

7. Gurez Festival:-

Gurez Festival in Jammu & Kashmir
Gurez Festival in Jammu & Kashmir

Around 123 km. From Kashmir, Gurez is the placid valley in the Himalayas at an elevated height of about 8000 feet. Neelum River flows amidst the Gurez valley and is a perfect destination for river rafting activity.

 People of Gurez play host the annual festival in which they showcase their handicrafts, cuisines, and culture. Everyone assembles for the fest which also involves fun activities like river rafting, trekking, zorbing, cycling, etc.

 Many completions such as painting and drawing also take place, witnessing huge participation. Many musical programs displaying Kashmiri culture are also a pleasure to attend. The Gurez festival is celebrated at the time of July or August month every year.

8. Sindhu Darshan Festival:-

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Sindhu-Darshan-Festival-Ladakh-Jammu-and-Kashmir-India

This is a three-day festival that is celebrated every year from 12th June to 14th June on the banks of the Indus River. Every year, many participants join in this festival, bringing water from their states in earthenware pots and immersing these into the Sindhu River.

As a way of promoting unity in the country. The key reason for this festival is to promote the harmony and unity of India. Oodles of people come from various parts of the country to participate in this event.

They fetch water from their own state in earthenware pots and immerse them in the Sindhu River. This festival catches the eyes of a lot of tourists, both domestic and foreign. This festival started in the year 1997.


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By AJAY PATRA

I am Ajay Kumar Patra. ( M.com & MBA-Finance) with 27years of Accounts & Taxation Experience in Large Manufacturing Units in India. In 2021 I started my own tax consultancy firm called “Ajay Tax consultant”. I started my Digital marketing on my website "www.odiyadigitalworld.com".I have already published more than 100 Blogs on Business, Finance, startups, Digital marketing & Tours & Travel for my viewers.

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