Lohri : This festival is also known as Makar Sankranti. It heralds the onset of spring. The whole of Jammu region wears a festive look on this day. Thousands take a dip in the holy rivers. 'Havan Yagnas' light up nearly every house and temple in Jammu. In the rural areas, there are several indigenous customs that are followed religiously by the people. A special dance called the 'Chajja' dance is held on the occasion of Lohri. It makes a striking picture to see boys along with their 'Chajjas' elaborately decorated with coloured paper and flowers move on the street in a dancing procession. The whole atmosphere comes alive with the pulsating drum beats.
Baisakhi: The name Baisakhi is taken from the first month of the Vikram calendar. Every year, on the first day of Baisakh, the people of Jammu like the rest of northern India celebrate Baisakhi. It is also known as the harvest festival and is considered auspicious especially for marriages. Rivers, canals and ponds are thronged by devotees who unfailingly take a ritual dip every year. Many people go to the Nagbani Temple to witness a grand New Year celebration. Further, numerous fairs are organised and people come in thousands to celebrate the beginning of the New Year. The Gurudwaras are full of people who come to listen to Kirtans, offer prayers and to have prasad from the common kitchen or Langar.
Bahu Mela: A major fair is held at the Kali Temple in Bahu Fort (Jammu) twice a year.
Chaitra Chaudash: Chatra Chaudash is celebrated at Uttar Behni, about 25 kms from Jammu. Uttar Behni gets its name from the fact that the Devak River that flows across the northerly direction.
Purmandal Mela: Purmandal is 39 kms from Jammu city. On the occasion of Shivaratri, the town is beautifully transformed for three days as people celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva to Parvati here. The people of Jammu also come out in their colourful best to celebrate Shivaratri at Peer Khoh, Rainbireshwar Temple and the Panjbhaktar Temple.
Jhiri Mela and Mansar Food and Craft Mela (organised during Baisakhi every year) are other popular fairs organised at Jammu District. Thus, one can get a glimpse of the popular culture and traditions of Jammu District.
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