Fairs & Festivals


Aathon

Bisu ki Sankranti

Khainda Sankrant

Jaatraa

Paancho

Nurai

Diai

Maroj


Month


Choit- Chaitra-March.

Boishaav-Baiisakhi-April

Baishak( aur Jeth(May))

Bhado-August

Shaawan-July

Ashoj-Sep

after a month - Mangsheer - Nov

Poosh-January


The culture of the local Jaunsari tribe is distinct from other hill tribes in Garhwal, Kumaon and Himachal Pradesh,a fact demonstrated by the presence of polygamy and polyandry in the local traditions, with richer tribesmen practicing polygamy, while their poor counterparts, choose to share a wife (polyandry), though the husbands should be brothers,a fact which is often connected to, the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata, marrying Draupadi, from whom Jaunsaris trace their ethinic origin.Though, anthropology studies in the 1990s revealed that these practises were fast phasing out, and is being replaced by monogamy.


An important aspect of their culture are festive sports and dances like the folk dance named 'Barada Nati'/Harul/Raso/ during all festive occasions,like 'Magh Mela' which is the most important festival of the Jaunsaries, it is marked by an animal sacrifice ritual, which celebrates the killing of 'Maroj', an ogre, which according to local legends, stalked the valleys for years.


During festivals, people wear the Thalka or Lohiya, which is a long coat. The dancers - both boys and girls - wear colorful traditional costumes.Bissu is an important festival of Jaunsar and Bawar.