People in Lahaul welcome New Year “Halda”
People in Lahaul valley celebrate ‘Halda’ in the month of January. Halda is The New Year according to Lahaul tradition Lunar Calendar. [A festival of lights celebrated around Magha Poornima]. On this auspicious occasion, twigs and branches of Juniper tree are tied together and used as a torch. In the evening, every household lights this torch and the people gather at a common location in the village. A special ceremony is performed and offerings are made to local deities for prosperity and wellbeing. Halda is celebrated on different days in different valleys in Lahaul.