Fairs and Festivals of Jammu and Kashmir

General Introduction

The new years day falls on the first navratra. It begans with an invocation to laxmi,the goddess of bounty. The Navroj festival of the shia muslims comes a week after the new years day. They celebrate the nine day festival with good eating and activities of gay abandon. In April comes durga ashtmi followed by ram navami. The Ziarats held annually at the shrines of Muslim saints on their death anniversaries are typical kashmiri festivals,replete with the color and gaiety. The anniversary of Rishi Pir,a Hindu Saint held on the fifth day of the full moon of Baisakhi is attended by Muslims also.
Shab-i-Mairaj is followed by Shab-i-Barat. Then comes Jeth Ashtami,suceeded in a month by Har Ashtami.

During the month of Ramzan, Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during the day. At sunset the fast broken by sipping water and then comes the usual dinner. The Eid is celebrated with eclat and pious enthusiam. Rakhi or Rakshabandhan in northern India is the day for brothers and sisters to renew the affectionate ties that bind them. On the 8th day of Rakhi falls JanamAshtmi. The birthday of lord krishna.

Kashmiris are proud of the vitasta or the Jhelum river and trhe Vaitha Truvah. they offer prayers to it. Earthen lamps are set afloat on the river,each balanced on a grass ring. A tropical festival known as khichri amavasya falls in the month of posh(december-january). The shiv ratri falls in february-march.

Fairs in Jammu and Kashmir

Location: Jammu
Famous Fairs: Purmandal Mela, Jhiri Mela & Mansar Food And Crafts Mela

Festivals in Jammu and Kashmir


Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Festive Month: February

Golden Namchit

Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Festive Month: December


Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Significance: Traditional Celebration Of The Monasteries Of The Reformist Geluk-Pa Order Of Tibetan Buddhism.

Hemis festival

Location: Hemis Monastery, Ladakh Region, J&K
Celebration Months: June-July
Also Known As: Tse-Chu
Significance: Symbolises Ancient Traditions Of Kar-Gyur-Pa Sect Of Tibetan Buddhism.


Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Famous As: Tibetan New Year
Festive Month: December

Metho nagrang

Location: Matho Monastery, Ladakh Region, J&K
Festive Month: February-March

Monastic festivals

Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Famous Festivals: Losar, Spituk Gustor, Gu-Stor, Dosmosche, Tse-Chu, Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tse-Chu, Yuru Kabgyat, & Galdan Namchot
Famous Monastic Dance: Chhams

Yuru Kabgyat

Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Festive Month: July
Duration: 2 Days

Stok Guru Tse - Chu

Location: Ladakh Region, J&K
Festive Month: February-March

Phyang Tsedup

Location: Phyang Monastery,
17-km West Of Leh, Ladakh Region, J&K

Sindhu Darshan Festival

Venue: Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Celebration Months: June
Significance: Sindhu Is Known As One Of The Largest Rivers In World.

Festivals in Jammu

Region: Jammu, J&K
Famous Festivals: Lohri & Baisakhi,Navratra
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