Hilljatra Festival

About Hilljatra

Hilljatra- one of the famous traditional festivals celebrated in the state of uttarakhand, especially in pictograph district. Hilljatra is principally related to ropai (paddy plantation) and some major other agricultural resources. It is also a belief that the festival Hilljatra is celebrated because of the remembrance of Champawat rulers. Another epic saying related to this festival is that, chand dynasty king kuru, went once to sorar (a place in British India, now part of Nepal) to participate Hilljatra festival, he was able to sacrifice a buffalo with horns covering the neck. Peoples became happy and for this reason they decide to gift something to emperor kuru. To celebrate this event emperor kuru decided to initiate a festival in the sor valley of Himalaya. So he named that celebration as “hilljatra” Later after every year his followers celebrated this festival.

Apart Sor valley, the festival is also celebrated in west Nepal regions, kumaour villages. Bajethi villages, Kanalichhina and Askot regions. Hill jatra is the unique attraction in this festival. It is the most virtual section in this event, white colored deer is considered as Gods. In the second part of this festival there is a presentation of different so agricultural activities. The masks which are wearing by performers are found more entertaining to the viewers. A circle dance namely “chanchari” is conducted in the third and last part of this festival, it is appreciable that peoples are still participating and organizing this historical festival without any loss in authenticity.

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