Fairs of Uttarakhand

Kumbh Mela
Jauljibi and Thal Fairs
Uttarayani Fair
The Nandadevi Fair
Syalde Bikhauti
The Somnath (Masi) Fair
The Devidhura Fair
The Jageshwar Fair
The Purnagiri Fair
The Haatkalika Fair

Festivals of Uttarakhand

Makar Sankranti
Basant Panchami
Phool Dei
Harela and Bhitauli
Olgia or Ghee Sankranti
Khatarua
Bat Savitri
Ganga Dusshera or Dasar
Janopunya
Nanda Devi Rajjaat
Chippla Jaat
Hilljatra
Kandali
Holi

Uttaranchali Holi (Kumaoni Holi)

The uniqueness of the Kumaoni Holi lies in its being a musical affair, whichever may be its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi or the Mahila Holi. The Baithki Holi and Khari Holi are unique in that the songs on which they are based have touch of melody, fun and spiritualism. These songs are essentially based on classical ragas. No wonder then the Baithki Holi is also known as Nirvan Ki Holi.

The Baithki Holi begins from the premises of temples, where Holiyars (the professional singers of Holi songs) as also the people gather to sing songs to the accompaniment of classical music.

Kumaonis are very particular about the time when the songs based on ragas should be sung. For instance, at noon the songs based on Peelu, Bhimpalasi and Sarang ragas are sung while evening is reserved for the songs based on the ragas like Kalyan, Shyamkalyan and Yaman etc.

The Khari Holi is mostly celebrated in the rural areas of Kumaon. The songs of the Khari Holi are sung by the people, who sporting traditional white churidar payajama and kurta, dance in groups to the tune of ethnic musical instruments.

Holi Dwarahat Kumaoni Holi in Dwarahat Holi in Dwarahat
Kumaoni Holi in Dwarahat, Almora

 

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