Kinnaur’s Phulaich Fair – Festival of Flowers(Ukhyang)

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Kinnaur, The Devbhoomi (Land of Gods), disrtict of Himachal which has been bestowed by God with the divine beauty. The land of Kinnaur is located in the lap of the Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges. The mighty Sutlej and Baspa rivers flow through its rugged terrain. Most of the Kinnaur region has beautiful architecture, where we see amazing wooden houses which last for hundreds of years and a very good option for the folks who have to spend most of the year in snow or chilly weather.  Their temples and monasteries have beautiful work of art made from devdar wood carvings.
It is one of the most pristine, and untouched areas of India. Located in the east of Himachal Pradesh, it is on the must-visit list of every traveler in the world.

Phulaich Fair
The Phulaich is a famous festival of beautiful Himachal Pradesh. In the month of September the gets prepared for a grand celebration.

Himachal Pradesh Ookayand and Ukyam are the other names of the Phulaich festival. The 16th day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapada’ marks the striking beginning of the Phulaich festival. Natives of the stunning and mesmerizing land call it the festival of flowers. This is the festive season when the whole valley is adorned with dotted flowers.

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This exciting and lively festival is also celebrated to commemorate them who have left the world. Wine, rice and foods are offered to the deceased people. Foods are given to the poor people later. The festive moods are prominent on each and every villager. Holiday makers and tourists throng the place during the Festival and also participate in various events.

After this foremost ritual, Natives assemble together to visit the Dhangaspa family house to pay tributes to the family members. Drums are played and bugles are blown in order to greet and salute the heroic team that climbed up the hill top to accumulate the flowers. Villagers carry war weapons to depict and display the ancient war scenes while they perform during the Phulaich fair.

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A procession, surrounded by gold and silver idols of the deities, is an attraction which can be seen on 20th of the month. The villagers dance and celebrate the festival under the trees during the festival days. They are dressed up in colorful attires. All the deities are brought back to their original abode (temple) on 23rd day of the Bhadrapada. Goat and lamb sacrifices are quite common. This marks the end of the eventful festival.

History of Phulaich Fair

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On the particular day (16th day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapada’), ten Rajputs (Belong to warrior family), went uphill to pick some of the wonderful and impressive flowers.

They had spent the whole day and the next day as well on the beautiful hill of colorful flowers. The batch of Rajputs came back with the assortments of flowers and fragrance. The sweet aroma was really charming. People who were experiencing the smell for the very first time felt giddy and excited. Village dwellers, who visited the forests which were famous for these sweet and aromatic flowers, fell in love with the mesmerizing place and the fragrance of the blooming flowers around. The cosmos around was fascinating and had the power to engross the mind and soul. All the inhabitants dance and celebrate the 18th night with charismatic music beneath the deodar trees. This fastidious festival of Himachal Pradesh continues for a week.

The returns of the villagers were celebrated as Phulaich festival. The varieties and wonders of the flourishing wild flowers are the prime charm and highlight of the festival.

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