Kumaon Culture

Aipan Art Of Uttarakhand

1. Aipan Art Of Uttarakhand

The Aipan (Alpana) is a popular art form of Kumaon. Walls, papers and pieces of cloth are decorated by the drawing of various geometric and other figures belonging to gods, goddesses and objects of nature. Pichhauras or dupattas are also decorated in this manner. At the time of Harela there is a tradition of making clay idols (Dikaras). 'Aepan' or Aipan or Alpana is an art which has a special

Birth Rites

2. Birth Rites

The birth of a child is considered auspicious. On the birth of a child the woman is segregated for all-purpose for a few days until a 'Puja' is performed for the purification of the woman. 'NamKaran' (christening) ceremony is also gone through on another auspicious day.

Folk Gods Of Kumaon

3. Folk Gods Of Kumaon

In spite of being worshippers of Lord Shiva and Shakti, the people of Kumaon have a rich tradition of folk deity worship. The heroes of some long - forgotten age have later on become folk gods and they give expression to the popular beliefs of the people. Each folk god has a separate story attached to his name and each one is remembered through some peak, temple or jagar (a form of ritua

Funeral Rites

4. Funeral Rites

Funeral rites are also performed strictly in accordance with 'Shastras'. In case of death of an unmarried young man or women the body is normally buried and not cremated. There is general mourning for a week or so by the entire village or the caste group affected.

Kumaon

5. Kumaon

The culture of the present Kumaon region is a blend of influences from the indigenous population as well as from the immigrants to this region. Consequently, the myths, dialects, languages, folk literature, festivals, fairs and forms of artistic expression are examples of the creative influences of the different cultural groups that constitute Kumaon.The people living in Kumaon or those who hail f

Kumaoni Holi

6. 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. 

Kumaoni Language And Literature

7. Kumaoni Language And Literature

Kumaonis speak languages belonging to the Aryan family, although some of them speak the dialects of the Tibeto - Burmese family. The influence of the Kols, Munds, Kinnar - Kirats, Dard - Khasas is also to be seen in these dialects. Almost all Kumaonis can speak Hindi and except for the Shaukas of Darma, Biyans and Chaudans, the Banrajis of Askot and Chalthi; the Tharus, Boksas, Punjabis and Bengal

Learn Kumaoni

8. Learn Kumaoni

The local dialects spoken by the people of Kumaon are terned as Kumaoni or Kumauni dialects. Various variations of Kumaoni can be seen at the different parts of Kumaon.The following form of Kumaoni is adopted from the region near Almora.If you want to learn Kumaon language then you have come to the right place. Here, we will help you in learning kumaoni language in easy steps.

Learn Kumaoni – Part 2

9. Learn Kumaoni – Part 2

Learning Kumaon Language - Part 2

Marriage Rites

11. Marriage Rites

Even to this day, a major percentage of upper caste people (Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas) do not approve marriages of their daughters with grooms from lower caste. Brahmins and Rajputs will willingly take a girl from a lower caste, but marry their daughters only to a boy of a higher caste. There are prohibitions against marriages between the same clans or caste. Learn about Marriage Rite

Pahadi Topi - Uttarakhandi Pahari Cap

12. Pahadi Topi - Uttarakhandi Pahari Cap

Pahadi Cap also known as Kumaoni Topi, Garhwali Topi or Uttarakhandi Topi is an important part of Men's traditional Uttarakhandi dress worn in both Garhwal and Kumaon regions. The black or white cap similar to Gandhi cap is popular is Kumaon region while a round cap is more popular in Garhwal.Buy Uttarakhandi Cap Online

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