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Here, we tell you about the Harela and Bhaitauli Festival, held in Uttarakhand.

Harela and Bhaitauli

Time July
Venue Uttarakhand
Significance It symbolizes the flourishing harvest
Highlights People present gifts to their sisters during this occasion and exchange various gifts

This festival is mostly observed by the women folk as most of the customs of this festivals are for the women. During this festival, they fill their baskets with soil and atleast seven different kinds of seeds are sowed in the soil. These seeds are regularly watered and are given ten day's time to germinate. After ten days, the seeds sprout as green grasses shoot out from the soil.

This festival symbolizes the flourishing harvest. These grasses are then plucked and the women put it on their heads or behind their ears. Subsequently, the rest of the household joins in the celebrations. These grasses are also sent to the friends and relatives as well.

During this occasion, sisters are presented with beautiful gifts by their brothers. These presents are known as Bhaitauli. These are considered as token of love and are very precious to the sisters. The young girls of the family are given some pocket money during this occasion. It is also because of this reason that the girls wait for this festival very eagerly, all through the year.

Another interesting custom that is related to this festival is that on the last day of the month of Ashar, a mock wedding is arranged between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. During this wedding, wooden images of Shiva and Parvati are made which are then married to each other. This festival is celebrated in the month of Shravan. It starts on the first day of the month and continues till the 10th day.

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