This unique festival of hill culture of Uttarakhand will start with Chaitra Sankranti

“Phooldei, Chhamma Dei, Daini Dwar, Bhari Bhakar, yeh deli sa barambar Namaskar, Puje Dwar barambar, Phoole dwar ….” Your doorstep is full of flowers and protecting everyone (forgiving), Home and Time be Successful, your stock filled, to this doorstep greet you repeatedly, the doorstep is full of flowers … With the lines of the song, the festival of flowers is celebrated in Uttarakhand.

In most areas of Uttarakhand, there is a tradition of celebrating the festival of Chaitra Sankranti. In most areas of Kumaon and Garhwal, this festival is celebrated for eight days. At the same time, in some areas of Tehri, there is a tradition of celebrating this festival for a month.

On the previous day before flowers bloom, in the evening the children collect Himalayan flowers of piyunli, burans, bassing, aadu, pulam and khubani, in a bamboo knitted basket. After dawn the next morning they go from house to house and sing the traditional songs of happiness and prosperity, scattering flowers in their doorsteps. On this occasion, in some places in Kumaon, there is a tradition of making aipan (traditional painting art which is made on land and wall) in Doorsteps.

On the last day, they worship
The people donating dal, rice, flour, jaggery, ghee and Dakshina (rupees) in exchange for singing songs like ‘Ghogha Mata Phoolyan Phool, De-Dei Mai Dal Chowl’ and ‘Phuldei, Chhamma Dei, Daini Dwar, Bhari Bhakar’. All these are collected in the entire month. After this, Ghogha (Goddess of creation) is worshipped. By making sweet rice from rice, jaggery, oil, it is distributed to everyone in the form of prasad. In some areas, children make goddess ghogha’s palanquin and roam around with this. He is worshipped on the last day.

On the arrival of spring in the mountains, it is a tradition of celebrating flowers. This festival is celebrated with great fanfare in most areas of Garhwal and Kumaon. Due to the festival associated with the children, it is also very liked.
– Pro. DR Purohit, renowned Sanskritist

The spring worship started from Rome
The tradition of worship of the spring started in Rome. According to Rome mythology, the Goddess of flowers was named ‘Flora’. This word is derived from the Latin language fluoris (flower). On the arrival of spring, there is a six-day Floria Festival. Even today, this festival is celebrated in mountainous areas. In Rome, Flora is displayed as a goddess, with a flower basket in its hands. There is a crown of flowers and leaves on the head of the Goddess.

Phooldei is a festival of children completely. From the beginning to the end, the responsibility remains to the children. Through this festival, children associate with nature and association with society increases. This is the festival of our rich culture. Read more posts…
– Mukesh Nautiyal, Senior Literary

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