People in Lahaul welcome New Year “Halda”

Happy 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.

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