Fulaich Festival, Himachal

     State : Himachal Pradesh

     Time of Celebration : 16th to 17th September
Fulaich Festival

Fulaich festival in the Kinnaur valley is the carnival of flower-watching. It celebrated in the month of September and honors the dead relatives and to pray for their peace of soul. The festival starts with animal sacrifices. People serve rice wine and food to the dear departed ones on a mound of bricks. They believed that their deceased relatives will visit that place and accept their offerings. These are later distributed to the poor and the Harijans in the village.

On 16th September about 10 Rajputs of the village pluck flowers and go to the high hills. They stay there till 17th of September and return to their village on 18th.On 20th September the Local God is ornamented with images and fine cloths. On the last day of the festival, the village God is brought back to the temple and a goat and lamb is sacrificed.