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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the culture and lifestyle in Nainital?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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What better way to know a city than to dive in and take a sneak peak into the way of life, culture, traditions and rituals of the people? The enthralling and alluring city of Nainital literally translates to ‘lake of the eye’. Nestling a picturesque landscape amongst majestic mountains, the city will please you with its simplicity.

  • Kumaoni way of life
    The natives of Nainital are referred to as Kumaoni. Unaffected by the rat race of modern lifestyles and culture, the people of Nainital are devout and follow their rituals strictly. Peculiar to their lifestyle is the Hindu calendar, according to which important festivals are followed. A striking characteristic of Kumaoni people is the black dot applied behind the ear or on the forehead to ward off evil spirits. From social to cultural practices, the locals are highly influenced by their customs and rituals.
    Great artists, Kumaonis specialise in the traditional style of painting known as ‘Aipan’. Made on a wooden stool or table bears, the Aipan consists of various beautiful patterns such as sun, moon, bells, water, et al. Prepared during the festive season, these paintings adorn the walls of small brick houses alongside fresh flowers.
  • Celebrations Galore
    Festivals are a big part of Kumaoni culture, from Nandi devi fair to Khatarua, all events and fairs are celebrated with immense zest and excitement. Intertwined with rituals, these festivals are symbolic of age old beliefs.

  • Bread and butter
    Primarily an agricultural society, the surge of tourism has given people innovative ways of earning their daily bread. From tourist shops selling artistic handicrafts and artifacts to other touristic activities, locals in Nainital have gradually settled down to the growing popularity of their home town.

The culture, lifestyle, traditions and rituals of a city describe and define its very being. The popular restaurants, hotels, and places to visit in Nainital, altogether contribute to offer the tourists a wholesome vacation. Welcoming and inviting, Kumaonis will make you feel at home with their unbound enthusiasm and excitement. Reach the destination and take a special dekko at Nainital’s enlightening heritage and cultural past.

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