Somewhere between Maharashtra and Gujarat is one of our union territories. Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Located on the west coast of India, it is split in half, with Gujarat surrounded by Dadra and Nagar Haveli floating on the edge of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is one of the main tourist locations for locals and non-locals alike. Lush greenery in the distance, amidst a wide variety of floral beauty, open clear skies, babbling brooks, soft rivers flowing by, or stunning silhouettes of mist-shrouded mountains – Dadra and Nagar Haveli is heaven on earth.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Festivals:
While the scenic beauty is worthy of admiration, another interesting fact that draws the attraction is the festivals that are widely celebrated in this place.
While this urbanized United Territory freely celebrates Christmas and New Years, the foundation of traditional roots is firmly rooted in the locals. Both Hindu and Muslim festivals are celebrated with joy and playfulness. Some celebrate id e milad and some celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. Millard celebrates by thanking the great prophet in the same way by helping the needy and the poor. Chaturthi is celebrated by carrying an idol, followed by a parade.
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Around July or August, locals in Dadra and Nagar Haveli celebrate the monsoon magic festival. One of the many short quirky fairs and festivals organized by the tourism department in the region is monsoon magic. The rains that conquered the Dadra and Nagar Haveli strips washed away the dry spirit, and along with the monsoon came greenery and flowers. Activities such as monsoon trekking, monsoon trail running, monsoon laga or jalsa are an integral part of this festival.
Another festival includes the Tarpa festival in late December, named after the local tribe’s thriving folk dance system. Activities such as folk dancing, swimming competitions, rangoli, etc. are part of it.
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The National Tribal Art and Food Festival is celebrated around May each year. A gathering of various tribal arts and an artistic mashup of various delicious sweet dishes come together to celebrate the event. Countless delicious tribal foods and art have found a powerful platform here to express themselves.
Craft mela takes place in November and explores a variety of handcrafted home crafts, while the kite festival takes place in early January. Each house is outfitted with kites of all shapes and sizes and finds its way to the open sky. A kite flying festival open to everyone.
Another festival is Nariyeli Poornima, where coconuts are offered to the Almighty as a sign of prayer for protection. Generally, fishermen and water-related people do this when they seek God’s protection. But it’s open to everyone to celebrate. Coconuts are considered religious. The day begins with a puja, followed by a happy hour. This is the day to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, where sisters and brothers pray for each other’s well-being.
Apart from this, there are other tribal related festivals such as the Varli and Kokna tribes celebrate Diwali as Barash while the Akha-Tij festival is only for the women of the Kokna tribe. Divaso and Baleo are famous among the Dhodias tribe.
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As a religiously tolerant region, Dadra and Nagar Haveli shelter a wide variety of people, from Hindus to Muslims to Christians, so when it comes to festivals, this year-round United Territory celebrates them all.