Culture of Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is not just blessed with exceptional natural beauty but has a rich culture and tradition. People have retained and kept their age-old tradition alive and thriving. They are proud of their culture and respect their roots. Culture of Himachal Pradesh attracts many travelers across the world.
With a majority of Hindu, the population is an amalgamation of different religion such as Buddhism. Along with Hindus and Buddhists, Tibetans are also having a fair share of population. Muslim, Christian, and Sikhs have fairly low numbers.
Although Hindi is the state language, people speak Pahari that has many dialects. Most of the population do farming, however, educated youngsters are trying new professions as well.
Himachal Pradesh has a variety of traditional clothing that differ among the tribes and community which reflect the diverse culture of the state. The dresses also vary among the regions like Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Chamba, Kangra etc.
In the hilly areas, stones and timber are used for the construction of the house. Roofs are sloppy that prevent water and snow to accumulate on the roof. Whereas, in cities you can see the modern houses with modern facilities.
The art and craft of Himachal Pradesh reflects the delicate and hardworking nature of the people. In their craft work you can see their talent. The handicrafts of the state are beautiful and highly appreciable. Carpets, leather work, shawls, paintings, metal ware, and woodwork are some of the products that are famous for their beauty and craftsmanship.
Music and dance of this state has a mysterious charm to itself. People have kept the tradition alive and their music and dance revolves around the region, tribe, community and religion.
Some of the dance forms of Himachal Pradesh are Losar Shona Chuksam, Dangi, Gee Dance and Burah Dance, Naati, Kharait, and many other forms that are part of their culture.
Himachali music has no concern with classical music. They are all folk and native music which is reflection of their age-old tradition; diverse and magical. Folk songs of Himachal mentions old legends of mountains.
These songs feature different of genres, be it romance, or changing season. Commonly used musical instruments are Ranasingha, Karna, Turhi, Flute, Ektara, Kindari, Jhanjh, Manjara, Chimta, Ghariyal, and Ghunghru.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to visit during festivals. Along with national festivals, there are many fairs and festivals that are specific to the region. These are the times when one can see the enchanting colors of Himachali culture and tradition.
Some of these fairs and festivals are Kullu Dussehra, Mani Mahesh Chhari Yatra, Shivratri Fair, Minjar Fair, Renuka Fair, Vrajeshwari Fair, Lavi Trade Fair, Jwalamukhi Fair, Naina Devi Fair, and Holi Fair.
There is much more to the culture of Himachal Pradesh that can only be seen by being there. Once you are there in the lap of the majestic Himalaya, you’ll definitely feel the real magic of the mountains.