List of Top Festivals of Himachal Pradesh
Festive time is Himachal is vividly colourful, and a sight to behold. Flanked by gorgeous views, the sets of festive celebrations fire dances, gold and silver attire, lively masks will live in your memory forever. Here is a list of the top festivals of Himachal Pradesh.
List of Himachali festivals
JANUARY – MARCH
Losar (LAHAUL&SPITI): Jan/Feb; Tibetan New Year; marked by ritual masked dances by the monks in gompas (monasteries).
Shivratri (MANDI/BAIJNATH): Feb/Mar; Idols are marched to temples in processions as a tribute to Lord Shiv.
APRIL – MAY
Sui Mata Mela (CHAMBA): Apr; A four day long festival of dances & music in honour of Sui Mata, a local deity.
Dhungri Mela (MANALI): May; As a tribute to Hadimba Devi, animals are sacrificed at her temple.
Himalayan Hang-Gliding Rally (BILLING): May; Hand gliders from around the world compete for flight challenges.
JUNE – JULY
Lahaul Festival (KEYLONG): July; Dancing, music & shopping; a cultural trade festival.
Minjar Festival (CHAMBA): Jul/Aug; A week of crop (blossoms of maize) offerings and street parades for the rain god, Varun.
AUGUST – OCTOBER
Ladarcha Fair (KAZA): Aug; Rural bazaars come alive with merry singing, ancient dances & mountain sports.
Pauri Festival (TRILOKNATH): Aug; Huge lamps are lit at the temple to honour Lord Shiv.
Phulech Festival (KALPA/SANGLA): A mystic festival when oracles go into frenzy to prophesise the future & the entire village decorated with thousands of flowers.
Dusshera/Durga Puja (KULLU/SARAHAN): Oct; The chariot of Lord Ram leads a huge fair & parade, celebrating Durga slaying demon Mahishasura.
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER
Lavi Fair (RAMPUR): Nov; A three day long ancient trade fest.
Guktor Festival (DHANKAR): Nov; Ritualistic Buddhist dancing & performances at Dhankar Gompa (monastery).
Renuka Mela (RENUKA LAKE): Nov; A six day festival climaxing with idol (of Lord Vishnu) immersion.
International Himalayan Festival (MCLEOD GUNJ): 10-12 Dec; Buddhist dances & musical performances to celebrate HH Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Note: Most religious/cultural festivals are based on the Lunar calendar, their dates are unique each year and are released on 1st Jan.