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Budhi Diwali is celebrated one month after Diwali.

In Sirmaur, there is a lot of work in the rural areas during the original Diwali days. The residents have to cut the grass from the ghasnis (grassy areas) and store it for the winter. Maize is harvested and Arabic is dug on Shabab.

The legends associated with this traditional event are derived from the paths of Ramayana and Mahabharata. By the time the news of Ram’s return to Ayodhya reached the hilly areas late, the country had already celebrated the festival of lights, yet the residents of the hills celebrated the festival, which was named Budhi Diwali. The second reference is related to Basai, Pahari Kashi, Nirmand (Kullu) by Parshuram. Parshuram was on a tour with his disciples. When a demon attacked in snake form, Parshuram finished him off with his Parashu weapon. It was natural for people to celebrate, the event started every year.

In the events of Nirmand and Shimla, the scenes of breaking the Chakravyuh by Abhimanyu are enacted in a special way. People form a circle of ropes in the arena, with a person in the middle holding a stick. At certain times, the cordon is tightened by signal, an attempt is made to pin ‘Abhimanyu’ standing in the middle, Abhimanyu breaks the cordon and successfully shows it. Repeated many times in this Chakravyuhik event, the participants also get injured, but who cares in the atmosphere of gaiety. Before this, on the new moon night, after collecting wood, lighting a fire, worship is done. Pandav Kaurav war based, dance play Thoda is performed. Pandavas celebrate victory by winning the match.

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In Sirmaur, there is a lot of work in the rural areas during the original Diwali days. The residents have to cut the grass from the ghasnis (grassy areas) and store it for the winter. Maize is harvested and Arabic is dug on Shabab. Ginger has to be delivered to the market, so there is less time to celebrate Diwali. Here in some areas the victory of Pandavas is celebrated as Budhi Diwali. Somewhere the fun of old Diwali remains young for many days. There is a lot of cultural programs in these festive days. Nati (folk dance) is danced till late night on each side of the bonfire. The saga of Shirgul Dev is sung immersed in the music of instruments like Dhol, Karnal, Dumalu and Hudak. The program composed in Rasa, Swang, Karyala goes on till late night. It is an unforgettable experience to watch the torchlight procession and the Rasa dance in which anyone can dance.

On the occasion of Amavasya, the main dance of Budhi Diwali is ‘Budha Nritya’, wearing a white dress on which colorful flowers are made. Only those people who know this dance can participate in this dance. Hudak is played according to the tradition of playing musical instruments in tribal culture. It is a popular belief that on the night of Amavasya, taking out a torchlight procession does not allow negative forces to enter, and opens the doors of prosperity. On the third day (Padwa), deities are worshipped, grain is given to the bullocks, and the horns are oiled. The barns are lit. If a child is born, the celebration doubles. Daughters come to their maternal home, they are given mudha (roasted maize, wheat) and walnuts. On this occasion, the touching song ‘Bhiuri’ is definitely sung. On the day of Diwali, urad is soaked, ground, mixed with spices, stuffed roti is baked on a griddle, then fried in oil and eaten with desi ghee. Askali, Gulgule, Sidku, Patande, typical Pahari dishes are prepared and fed.

On this occasion, it is considered necessary to sing the song of Puretua. It is explained in the song that one should not go out of the house on the occasion of the festival. Puretua did so in the pride of his valor and was killed. Swang (folk drama) is organized at many places in Sirmaur. Although the participation of the new generation is decreasing in some areas due to employment and other social changes, but seniors and local residents of rural areas become a part of this traditional and cultural event.

Budhi Diwali, Budhi Diwali is held on Amavasya, which falls about a month after Diwali, in some areas of Sirmaur and Solan in Himachal Pradesh, outer and inner Siraj region of Kullu, upper region of Shimla and entire Kinnaur and Jaunsar region of Uttarakhand. Is. The unique traditions of this event continue in these areas. This year this event will start on 24th November.

– Santosh Keen



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