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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Jammu?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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Answer: A time to celebrate, to rejoice and lose yourself in the wonder that are festivals. Bring out your best clothes, get set to have some delicious cuisines and set your souls free to soar with joy, for there's no other way to truly enjoy festivals in Jammu. You'll think yourself lucky if you're in Jammu during the famous popular festivals:

  • Lohri

    Marking the end of the extreme portion of the winter season and welcoming the onset of spring, the festival of Lohri is celebrated with great excitement and fervour in Jammu. Since the city is quite close to the state of Punjab where this festival is most popular, you would find strong cultural influences of the Punjabi lifestyle too here. The festival takes place around the 13th or 14th of January usually, according to the Hindu calendar. People light bonfires, sing folk songs and offer popcorn and rewari to the god of fire. In Jammu, people also express their joy with folk dances such as Hiran and Chajj, both in the city and the surrounding villages.

  • Baisakhi

    Linked closely with the cycles of agriculture, Baisakhi too is a Punjabi legacy for the city of Jammu. Celebrated with beautiful songs, dances and colourful clothes, this one marks the harvest of crops, marking the beginning of a new year of bounteous agricultural produce. Here in Jammu, the river Chenab is worshipped for the water it provides to the crops and a celebratory aarti and prayers are offered in its honour. Several people also take dips in the river as it is considered auspicious. Celebrated on the 13th or 14th of January, the numerous fairs across the city add to the general air of joy and celebration.

  • Bahu Mela

    The Hindu calendar observes the auspicious nine-day festival, Navratri, twice every year. The first one is observed around March-April and culminates with Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Ram. The second one, in September-October, culminates with Dussehra, the day when Lord Ram slays Ravana. During both these Navratri, Jammu celebrates the Bahu Mela, which occurs within the Bahu Fort. Adding its own unique twist to the festival, the mela or fair sees alot of visitors devotees, who throng to the fort to offer their prayers to the in-house goddess Kali, for songs and dance performances, shopping stalls and some delicious food.

  • Baba Chamliyal Mela

    Carrying forth the cultures of the two nations of India and Pakistan and a hope for peace between the two, this festival is celebrated close to the Indo-Pak border with fairs at either ends of the border. In honour of the saint Baba Dalip Singh, fondly known as Baba Chamliyal, the festival sees devotees offer beautiful, sacred chaddars (or sheets of cloth) at the dargah. Pilgrims then gather and collect the holy sharbat (sweet water) and shakkar (soil) from the dargah, which are believed to have healing properties, as blessings of the saint.
    Pilgrims from
    Pakistan gather at the Indo-Pak border, near the Saidanwali village in Pakistan and wait for the BSF jawans to hand them the holy sharbat and shakkar as they are not allowed to cross the border after the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
    This unique, over 300 year old festival is celebrated over 3 days, usually in the last week of
    June, about 40 km from Jammu in Ramgarh.

  • Jhiri Mela

    This festival, held in Jhiri Village (20 km from Jammu) commemorates the bravery of Baba Jittoo, who stood up against the injustice of the zamindar system and becoming a cult icon among villagers. Legend has it that about 500 years ago, Baba Jittoo was asked by a zamindar to give him a major part of his wheat crop. The baba killed himself over a pile of wheat instead, sacrificing his life but yet not bowing down to the unfair demands. There now exists a temple in his honour, as well as a natural pond at a 4 km distance from the temple in Jhiri village which was renamed to Baba Da Talab.
    This fair, that happens between
    October and November, lasts for a week and the most important day is Kartik Purnima, which is decided according to the Hindu calendar. Lots of markets and stalls come up during the week, selling little knick-knacks and lip-smacking food. The sport of wrestling is also very popular and there are several games and matches that are organised during the festival.

  • Guru Ravidas's Birthday

    Honouring the bhakti saint and social reformer, Guru Ravidas, the city of Jammu celebrates his birth anniversary with great fervour. Several public discourses and bhajan meeting are held to commemorate his legacy and spread the message of equality and harmony. This festival usually takes place in the month of February, according to the Hindu calendar.

Happiness is just a festival away now. And with so many of them, you'll probably want to relocate to Jammu for good! Happy celebrations!

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