Sairi Festival, Himachal

     State : Himachal Pradesh

     Time of Celebration : First Day of the Month of Ashwin
Sairi Festival

Sairi in Himachal Pradesh which is again a celebration to ensure happiness and prosperity for the community is observed on the first day of the month of Ashwin. It falls during winter season in Himachal Pradesh. The celebration of the winter festival Sairi in Himachal Pradesh starts when the maize crops are ready to be harvested. Local people cook Sweet Bhature and Pakodis or say the dumplings composed of ground Urd Dhal. During the celebration of the Sairi in Himachal Pradesh it is a tradition that young men and women apply Henna or say seur on their palms and the soles of the feet.

Another striking feature of the celebration of the festival Sairi, Himachal Pradesh is that at night village barbers can be spotted decorating a big lemon with kumkum or vermilion and rice. Later, the village barbers arrange these nicely adorned lemons in a beautiful basket along with coconut and attractive flowers. Once this decoration gets finally over, the village barbers carry these baskets around the village from one door to another door. These baskets are curiously awaited by each of the house-holds. The members of the house place some more flowers, sweets and money in the basket that again signifies an offering.