FESTIVALS OF JAMMU
Festivals add a little color and jollity to the life of the people in the Jammu area. A number of fiestas are famous in region, ranging from Lohri, Ramnavmi, Shivratri. Read on to know more about the foremost fiestas of Jammu.
Like all other places in India the fiestas of Lohri is celebrated on the 13th of January in the Jammu city as well. Primarily a Punjabi festival, Lohri welcomes the beginning of the spring season, after the end of chilly winter. This holiday is celebrated mainly after dusk. A bonfire is lit and natives offer stuff like sweets, puffed rice, popcorn and much more into it.
Holi is the birthday of colors in India very renowned festival of Colors. On the evening before the actual anniversary, a fire is lit and worshipped. On the main day, people throw water and apply colors on one another.
The festival of Navatri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The fiesta lasts for nine days, during which the people go on a fast. On the last day, the fast ends and young girls are worshipped as a form of the Goddess and offerings are made to these young girls.
Baisakhi marks the commencement of harvesting season in northern India. On this day, meals (fairs) are organized in the Jammu city. Other attractions of Baisakhi in Jammu include Bhangra (Famous Punjabi Dance of India) and other dance performances.
Ramnavami commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. On this festival, processions are taken out in the city, with the major attention being tableaux that portray scenes from the Ramayana.
Shivratri, the birth anniversary of Lord Shiva, is celebrated for three days.
The festival of Diwali symbols the return of Lord Rama, after the annihilation of Demon King Ravana. On this very day, people worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi to approve them with prosperity.
GURU RAVI DAS BIRTHDAY
Guru Ravi Das Birthday is another festival celebrated in the city. On this day, among (Sardars) Sikh public meetings, kirtans, bhajans are well thought-out.
Other festivals of Jammu
- Buddha Jayanti
- Mahavir Jayanti
- Gandhi Jayanti
- Raksha Bandhan
- Guru Nanak Birthday
Fairs and Festivals are the finest time to Shop and Eat, as Local craft and cuisine is displayed.
Mansar Food and Craft Mela, 3Days Festival Near the beautiful Lake Mansar where Local Food and Crafts are put on show.
JhiriMela ( October – November ), BahuMela ( March or April and September or October ), Mansar Food and Craft Mela ( April ), PurmandalMela ( February or March ).