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Himachal: Villagers celebrates Budhi Diwali

Himachal: Villagers celebrates Budhi Diwali

Nahan:  The transs giri area of the Sirmaur district has got a very rich culture of its own. The primary language of the place is Pahadi language but people speak Hindi too for communication. The villager of the area celebrates festival of Diwali twice in a year. In the series of the customary festivals in the district the fiesta of the “Budhi Diwali” commenced on Sunday night on the occasion of   ‘Amavasya’ in the transs giri area of the district. During this 4-5 days festival villagers would make pahadi cuisines along with MOODA (mixture of wheat grains and Bahang), People gathers and dance all night long during this period and enjoy to the fullest. A large number of villagers, irrespective of caste and creed, arrive at a common place in villages in large numbers and celebrate it by dancing and singing around a bonfire during night. “It is an ancient festival and celebrated with complete traditional fervor. There is no communal difference in caste and creed in this festival,” said Baru ram Sharma, resident of Panjohad village in Sangrah block. Budhi festival is marked by followers of sage Parusharam who is believed to have lived in Himachal Pradesh to worship Lord Shiva. Women in large numbers participate in the cultural programmes organized on this occasion. “Demon King Vritasur wanted to control fire and water. Fearing his intentions to misuse fire and water, the Gods decided to kill him. And, after killing him it is said that the universe could be saved and thus stated the trend of marking the day as Budhi festival,” said villager Satish Sharma of Haripurdhar. A month after the rest of India marked the festival of lights, Himachal Pradesh will celebrate its unique four-day ‘dark’ Diwali – slaughtering hundreds of cattle amid the beating of drums, playing of trumpets and chanting of mantras to appease the gods.

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