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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Uttarkashi?

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This is the time when the whole town rejoices in fun and frolic and sings and dances in unison. A visit to Uttarkashi during one of its festivals is the best time to join the locals and for a moment feel like a localite, with no inhibitions and no hesitation that an outsider usually feels.


  • Butter Festival

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could play holi with something that will leave our skin smooth and soft instead of the usual itchy feeling that leaves the skin red and irritated? Visit Uttarkashi during the mid-August and your wish will be granted. Butter Holi as some call it or Anduri in the local language, this festival is celebrated by smearing one another with butter or Chacch (butter milk).  This festival commemorating Lord Krishna’s lifting of the Govardhan Parbat hills also acknowledges the journey of the native farmers to higher altitude with the advent of winter. Most famously celebrated in Dayara Bugyal and Raithal village, one can witness many cultural programmes, including the Raso dance.

  • Magh Mela

    Apart from the festivals, which are obviously of religious nature, even fairs in India are coloured with interesting myths, mysterious legends or simply with the name of a god. Magh Mela, a popular fair held in various parts of the country, is given a Uttarkashi flavour by the location, the culture and, of course, the locals of the place. This mela is held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in the month of Magh (January- February). Go there, take a dip in the Ganga and join the revelry as numerous processions, bearing palanquins with the idols of the Hindu gods, from all parts of the town congregate at the Ramlila Ground. The fair, which is held for more than a week, is famous for the various stalls that sell beautiful handicrafts and locally made souvenirs. Don’t miss this one!

  • Makar Sankranti

  • Makar Sankranti
    , a festival celebrated all across the country during the month of January, is given a Uttarkashi twist with the Ghughutia or the Kale Kuava celebration. The festival starts with love as Khichdi is made and given as a form of charity. Apart from these, sweets made of sweetened flour fried in ghee and moulded in the shape of  drums, pomegranates, knives etc are a speciality of this festival. The sweets are then strung together and worn as necklace by children. Early in the morning, wearing their necklaces, the children will sing Kale Kauva to attract crows and other birds and offer them portions of the sweets thereby, welcoming all the migratory birds, who have come back as the days get warmer. Amazing, isn’t it? Well, that’s Uttarkashi for you!


Apart from these festivals, other festivals like Holi, Diwali etc are celebrated with equal gusto and enthusiasm as in the rest of the country. But when you celebrate it in Uttarkashi, the town’s colour will seep in somewhere and a flavour unique to Uttarkashi will be engraved in your memory.

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