5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

5 Festivals of Jammu and Kashmir

 

5 Festivals of JAmmu and KashmirKashmir, the heaven on earth, never fails to amaze us with its charm. The enchanting valleys, beautiful lakes and snow covered mountains are the beauty of the place. Not only nature, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is also diversified in terms of the cultural traditions. People here enjoy all the festivals together, regardless of the religion. Like any other state, Kashmir abounds with many festivals throughout the year. It’s the reflection of their social heritage and diverse culture. This defines the beauty of this holy land.

Let’s have a look at some of the religious festivals of the valley:

 

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival is celebrated in the valley of Kashmir during the onset of Spring Season. With hundreds of Tulip Gardens, the whole Kashmir flourishes with Tulips during the spring season. It is celebrated in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar. It also features a showcase of cultural programs, delicious cuisines and handicraft. It is a must attend event for the all flower enthusiasts, nature lovers and tulip lovers.

 

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

 

Shikara Festival

Shikara Festival was started by the Department of Tourism in 2016 to promote the tourism. It is a 2 day long festival organised  at Santoor Ghat SKICC on the bank of the Dal Lake. During the festival, many events are being held including Dragon Boat Race, Shikara Race and Canoe Polo Match. Shikaras are also painted and beautifully dressed.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

 

Gurez Festival

Like Shikara Festival, It was also started by the Department of Tourism . It is celebrated during the summers in the month of July and August every year. Gurez Festival showcase the conventional handicrafts, variety of cuisine and the rich culture along with various sports of the valley. The main attractions of this festival are trekking, rafting, zorbing, cycling and water rafting being the permanent element.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

 

Spituk Gustor Zanskar

The festival of ‘Spituk Gustor’ is a tibetan two-day festival that is celebrated in the Ladakh monasteries of Thiksey, Spituk, and Karsha Nanzkar. It is celebrated every year on 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. Gustor means sacrifices made on the penultimate day of the month. The characteristic of this festival is the spectacular Black Hat Dance and also the masked dance, which is carried out by the priests. At the end, the sacrificial cake Torma is eaten. Amongst the most ritualistic festival, it represents the victory of good over evil.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

 

Hemis Festival

The Hemis festival is one of the most famous religious festivals and is an attraction for both the tourist and localites. It is a colorful two day affair that is celebrated on the 10th day (called Tse-Chu in the local language) of the Tibetan lunar month. It is basically the celebration of the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Padmasambhava. He was the founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism. The Cham Dance is performed by masquerades in vivid brocade dresses and tinted masks. These masks are the most important component of the dance.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir

Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir

Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir

 

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” – Alex Wek

Who knew that in our modern lifestyle and busy schedules, where people do not have enough time for self-care, a small-collective initiative of kindness could mend the lives of so many? Who knew that being a reason for somebody’s smile is the most precious gift of life? Nobody knew, until, they did something for someone selflessly.

 

“TAKE IF YOU NEED, HANG IF YOU HAVE”.

Written on the walls of kindness, this slogan is warming the lives of people in the beautiful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir and around the globe. How?

 

History of Wall of Kindness

Wall of Kindness began as an initiative of charity to help the homeless in Iran. An anonymous person introduced this beautiful thought of hanging clothes and other useful items outside homes so that people who need it could take it. Slowly and gradually the practice spread across the world and in India, covering major states like Allahabad, Bhilwara, Jhalawar, Mysore, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Dehradun, Korba, Kolkata and finally to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Wall of Kindness is also called Deewar-e-Meherbani reflecting the basic purpose of the wall. It instils the values of kindness among people to follow the path of humanity. A volunteer from the initiative elaborated the emotion behind the wall and said “It’s beyond religion. We do not represent a particular sect of a community. We represent people”.

 

In Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar

 

Jammu and Kashmir is the coolest state of India but also the warmest. Not particularly because of its weather in winters and summers but due to the warmth and love of the local people. The Wall of Kindness initiative came as an extremely inspiring way to help the needs of homeless people in the cold winters of Kashmir. The first wall was made by a group of men in Srinagar, who are associated with a global volunteer organisation, ‘Who is Hussain’. The wall was made behind the boundary wall of Pamposh Hotel at the bund in the Abi Guzar area of Srinagar on 4th December. The wall received a massive number of visitors who donated their coats, mufflers, caps, sweaters, etc. for the people who later took them. A very humble member, Abrar, of the organization, mentioned his happiness of serving the needy and said “Many needy people came today and took clothes from the wall. We want to extend this gesture to other localities as well”, after seeing the response they got on 4th of December in Srinagar.

 

Kupwara

 

On December 10th the Wall of Kindness reached Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where people with all their hearts put up clothes, daily food items and vegetables for anonymously helping the needy. The volunteers painted two walls in the region, one at the bus stand and another one in the vegetable market to give maximum exposure to the wall.

 

Indeed, it is through our actions and aspirations that we can create true beauty, mostly in the form of smiles that stretch on the faces of people. The volunteers of Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir are making their wishes to make as many people warm as they can this winter season. Let us all, whoever we are and wherever we are, take this beautiful gesture to heights and donate as much as we can and tell everybody we meet, take if you need, hang if you have.

Kashmir winters with Wills Lifestyle

Kashmir in winters is a white sparkling blanket of snow, stretched out to the horizon. Every bit of land shivers under the cold of day and goes to sleep in the arms of winter, regret less. Winters define Kashmir. Visit Kashmir in winters to fulfill those dreamy images that cross your mind when you think of snow. Grab some beautiful long coats and boots and come shout with us in joy from high snow-covered mountain peaks. Sit around a bonfire with lovable locals and their equally loving music. We promise you a cold and yet heartwarming winter holiday here with us while Wills Lifestyle adds the charm to it.

 

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The Lands Beyond are waiting.

On this note, Wills Lifestyle releases its 2018 winter collection with a touch of Kashmir in it. Starting from the poise in people, to the heritage of our valley, history and our age-old traditions, Wills has left no stones unturned to reflect the essence of Kashmir and knit it in their clothes. This 2018 clothing line is called “LANDS BEYOND”, a collection designed to take the autumn spent in the valleys of Kashmir to the lands beyond where the mountains wear a coat of snow, and the lakes freeze in cold.

 

 

Portrayed with a significance, Wills Lifestyles winter collection goes like this:

Wear the Valleys

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With this collection, Wills has extracted the scenic magic of Kashmir into its clothes. A scenery that reaches for the clouds and nestles with the wilderness on the ground that through these alpine vistas come together to form heavenly valleys. Wear our valleys and the divinity they reverberate with WLS.

 

Wear the History, Heritage & age-old Tradition

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Kashmir is not just a place, it’s an experience that spreads to centuries of tradition, craft, and culture. It’s a land of shore lakes that floats with a rich heritage through engraved history on boathouses. And while artists have come and gone, their art remains alive in the arms of the valley. Wills Lifestyle has shaped with love and handcrafted these traditions, history and heritage in their collection. Adorn and wear them to relinquish the timelessness of Kashmir.

Wear the Poise and Royalty

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Wear a way of life in Kashmir with WLS clothing that is scented with the fragrance of gardens, shrubs, and flowers. Carry the poise of evening light in their melting colour choices and the Royal stories of Kashmiri legends, their lifestyle, and beliefs entwined in every stitch. Wear Kashmir with WLS.

 

Wills Lifestyle has not only knitted but also made “Beyond Kashmir” collection, a lively experience for all those who wear it. And while making it, they have honored and appreciated every bit of our Kashmir. We wish that people love their collection and feel its connection to Kashmir. Visit us during this beautiful calm before the spring and celebrate a Kashmir, beyond Kashmir with WLS and us.

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