Come Phulaich Festival and the whole of Kinnaur gets engulfed in a festive mood. This festival is celebrated on the 16th day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August and September), the season for the flowering of wildflowers in the upper hilly areas.
Locally, the Phulaich festival is also called Ookayand Festival or Ukyam Festival. The letters oo in Ookyand means flowers and kyand means festival. Thus, it is known as the festival of flowers.
One major reason to celebrate the Phulaich festival is to honour the deceased. It is done so by offering them food items like wine and rice. People also head to Dhangaspa family house for paying respect to their family members. With the passage of time, this festival has garnered quite a name for itself and so one can witness a huge amount of tourist gathering, who especially come to witness this incredible cultural spectacle.
The traditions of Phulaich Festival is certainly its major and the best attraction. With the dawn of the 16th day of Bhado month, ten people belonging to the Rajput tribe are sent to the high hills with the instruction of picking the best flowers of the season. These ten people then spend the next full two days in their search of the best flowers.
On the 18th day, these people return with their exotic collection of flowers. It is believed that the people who take part in this tradition for the first time tend to feel a sense of dizziness. After their return, the night is spent in revelling around.
On the 20th day, a cheerful procession is carried out, commemorating the local deity. One can see the happy faces of the villagers dressed in their best attires, dancing under the trees. Then by 23rd day of the month, all the deities are brought back to their temples. On the same day, a sacrifice of a goat or lamb is made, culminating the festival.
Air. The nearest airport is Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti to reach Kinnaur District. After reaching Jubbarhatti, you can take a bus or hire a cab to reach the Kinnaur district.
Rail. The nearest railway stations are the Shimla Railway Station, Summer Hill Railway Station, and Taradevi Railway Station.
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07 September 2020
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