Garhwali Culture

Garhwal is also known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’ The Land of God, as all the Hindu scriptures tells many stories of Hindu Gods in this area. In earliest time Garhwal is known as Kedarkhand or the region of Kedar and the favorite place of Lord Shiva. This is home of Shiva's wife Nanda, who is one of main Goddes in this area. Nada Devi Rajjat fair is celebrated in evrery 12 year, which shows the ralation of Garhwali people with Maa Nanda & Lord Shiva. Pandawas spent their last time in Garhwal, The folk dances, songs and fairs of Garhwal tells the story of their realtion with the Pandawas. Many races lived in this area such as the Sakas, the Nagas, Khasas, Hunas and Kiratas. Folk Dances, Songs & Fairs of the Garhwal areas unfold the mystic culture of Garhwal.
History
The history of Garhwal is older than that of the Ramayan and Maha- bharata. It is a land of popular myths, like that of Lord Shiva appearing as Kirat, of Urvashi, Shakuntala and the Kauravas and Pandavas. Worship of Lord Shiva is pre-dominant in this region. In earliest times, Garhwal was known as Kedarkhand, or the region of Kedarnath. Scriptural texts mention a number of tribes that inhabited the region, such as the Sakas, the Nagas, Khasas, Hunas and Kiratas. The Nagas were a mysterious race whose traces are still to be found in the Hills. The hooded snake was sacred to them, hence their name. (Naga-Snake) ..........................

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Music
The folk music of this area is generally rhythmic which is reflected in the dynamic style of folk dances. Songs related to ‘Sansakaras’ and seasons are melodious but the rest are musical as they are played on the rhythm of the musical instruments. The traditional folk musical instruments of this area are ‘Dhol & Damoun’, ‘Daur & Thali’, ‘Turri’, ‘Ransingha’, ‘Dholki’, ‘Masakbhaja’, ‘Bhankora’ etc. Nowadays, Harmonium and Tabla are also in use. The traditional instrumentalists ‘Auji’, ‘Badhi’, ‘Bajgi’ have made a great contribution in the folk music of this area. ‘Dhol & Damoun’ are played together by ‘Auji’. These are main folk musical instrument of the area and are played on most of the occasion. These are played on the basis of Dhol-Sagar’, a ancient ‘granth’ of ‘Shankar Vedanth’ or ‘swar-sagar’ containing ‘Dhol’ rhythms for each occasion. “Daur & Thali” are played on the occasion of “Ghandiyala” with ‘jagar’ songs and dances. “Turri” and “Ransingha” are the instruments of war.

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Dance
The folk music of this area is generally rhythmic which is reflected in the dynamic style of folk dances. Folk dance are different for different folk songs. some of them are :Pandava Nritya, Barada Nati, Langvir Nritya etc........

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Fairs & Festivals
Fairs & Festivals are opportunities to meet each other. In the ancient time, when there were no such facilities of communication and transport, these fairs and festivals have played an important role in social gathering and meeting with relatives, friends resided in the far-away geographical locations. Together with recreation, these have social significance to remember the religious importance and social messages behind these events. Most of the festivals of the region are based on mythological traditions with following fairs & festival ‘Holi’, ‘Deepawali’, ‘Shivratri’, ‘Vijayadhasmi’, ‘Rakshabandhan’ are organized with full joys as per Hindu traditions.........

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Dresses
The people of Garhwal wear a wide variety of dresses. These are influenced by the variables listed below:
A) Traditions (primarily governing designs and decorative motifs)
(B) Locally available materials
(C) Working habits of the people
(D) Climatic conditions (main temperature)...........

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Food
Diets and dietary regimes of the people of Garhwal are influenced by the following.
(i) Food and nutritional requirements.
(ii) Environmental and climatic conditions.
(iii) Composition and availability of food...........

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