Organized on ‘Manu Kala Kendra’ in Manali, the gay festival ‘Winter Carnival’, which has been declared as a state level festival, is the most awaited events in the Kullu Valley. The success of winter carnival is marked with the massive partaking by cultural groups and the students from several colleges of India.
The duration of second and third weeks of January in Manali, when the five day long festival is organized, is a feast for the visitors. During this occasion, the artists get the chances to prove themselves and the performers try to provide their level best and display their excellence. Competitions organized comprise Indian classical music (instrumental and vocal), folk dances, folk songs, group dance, classical dances, fancy dress, group songs, film dances, film songs, street plays and one act plays. The Winter Queen Contest and the Man’s personality contest are the most awaited competitions.
On the first day of the festival, several cultural groups present ‘Tablos’, which is also a competitive item. The duration of the rest four days makes equal invitation offering its visitors a substantial variety of programs. On the fifth and the last day of the carnival, the finals of the Man’s Personality contest and Winter Queen Contest are organized and the distribution of prizes to the won partakers of the five-day long festival is made by the chief guest.
Winter Sports Carnival
Organized in the mid-February, Winter Sports Carnival attracts a good strength of tourists from every nook and corner of the world. A number of sports loving people from all over India attend this carnival to participate the sports competitions.
Also referred to as Basantotsava or Pipal Jatra, the Spring Festival, which occurs on the Dhalpur ground in Kullu between the 28th of April and the 30th of April, has been declared a state festival by the state government of Himachal Pradesh. This festival is celebrated to mark the start of the spring season (and also the season for the coming of tourists) in the Kullu Valley.
Several cultural groups perform cultural programs at Kala Kendra, a large open-air theater every night during the festival. To perform in the festival, the reputed artists and cultural groups arrive here from all over India.
Hadimba Devi Fair (Dhoongri Fair)
Held from the 2nd day of the Jaishth month (May-June) for three days at Dhoongri in Manali, the Hadimba Devi Fair, which is a rather large fair organized in the Hadimba Devi Complex, is another significant event in this place. This festival, which is celebrated in the memory of Hadimba Devi during the spring season when the valley is colorful and splendid, who made meditation at Dhoohngri, begins with the worship of this Goddess. This fair is visited by the people coming here from in and around the countryside.
International Kullu Dussehra Festival
To mark the triumph of Rama over demon king Ravana or the victory of goodness over evil, Dushehra (Dussehra), which starts on Vijya Dashmi (Dushehra) and lasts for a week, is held in most parts of India. The internationally renowned Dussehra (Dushehra) of Kullu, which presents cultural ethos of the people and their profoundly rooted spiritual beliefs, is celebrated with traditional dances, songs and colorful dress.
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