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Fairs and Festivals

The colourful reliegious festivals set the right mood for people to get together and perform the righteous duties in traditional way.

Lohri

(13 January) also known as Makar Sankranti, is celebrated to herald the onset of Spring. People from every religion join on this occasion to organise a bon-fire and distribute special sweets and nuts. Chajja, a local dance is usually a special feature during the festival.

Baisakhi

(13 April),the harvest festival, is celebrated on the first day of Baisakh month of the Vikrarm calendar.

Bahu Mela

(March April, September- October), this festival is held twice a year at Kali temple in Bahu Fort.

Purmandal Mela

(February March), this festival is celebrated on Shivratri, when people celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.

Mela

(October - November) is celebrated to commemorate the legend of Baba Jittu at a village called Jhiri, 14 km from Jammu.

Mansar Mela

3 day festival is orgqaised every year by J&K Tourism during Baisakhi at Mansar Lake. The festival also provides a platform for promotion of local craftsmanship and cuisine.

Jammu Festival

yet another festival in April, is celebrated to promote the regional culture, craft and cuisine during Baisakhi in Jammu city.

Navratra Festival

Festival that showcases the religious and cultural heritage celebrated annually during September-October at Katra. The religious processions are organized in the evenings where the Jhankis of different gods and their disciples is taken out by the local people. A two day festival is full of cultural and musical programs.

Colorful Dogra Dances

Dance is the oldest and full of life art of Jammu, performed by both men & women expressing their feelings in rhythm and body movements. The dogri dance expresses the vitality and gallantary of their heros. It is performed on special occasions like advent of spring, harvest time, wedding or the birth of a male child. Accompanied by music of flute, shenaee’s, & drums, dogri folk dances are different like its region.

Chajja

Performed an Lohri festival this dance is also called peacock dance as it also indicates the advent of the spring. Chajja is model of peacock surrounded by other dancers.

Bhangra

Baisakhi the festival of harvest is celebrated with Bhangra dance. A clown and a made up women are important characters of the dance. The drum beater in the middle of dancers makes everyone do bhangra and shout in rhythm hoi, hoi and bale, bale.

Kudd

dance of higher regions mostly in Badherwah, Kishtwar and Ramnagar. The word Kudd means mela (festival), it is performed generally at night around the fire.

Phumnian

It means blooming, dance is connected with male child birth which symbolises a bud. It is performed by the farmers before they eat new grain.