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Harela 2020: Festival Of Uttrakhand And Himachal Pradesh
The Shravan Harela is the month of monsoon which is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar.
Harela 2020: Here’s Everything to Know About the Festival of Uttarakhand
New Delhi: The people of Kumaon region of the state of Uttrakhand celebrate a Hindu festival named Harela every year. The festival is celebrated thrice every year: while the first Harela of the year is celebrated during Chaitra Navrati, the second one is during Sharad Navratri in the month of Ashwin. The third one is Shravan Harela, which is being celebrated on July 16 this year.
Harela means "Day of Green". The Shravan Harela, celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan, marks the onset of the rainy season (Monsoon). The festival is celebrated with prayers for good harvest and prosperity.
It is known by different names in different regions. While in Kangra, Shimla, and Sirmour regions of Himachal Pradesh, it is known as Hariyali or Rihyali, the Jubbal and Kinnaur areas of HP call it Dakhrain. To celebrate the festival for good harvest, people worship the village deity and dance to mark the auspicious day.
According to a popular belief, the day also marks as a religious celebration of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati's Wedding. The village communities make clay idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. These are known as Dikare or Dikars.
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people in Uttarakhand are requested by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to plant a sapling each in order to celebrate The Shravan Harela. As of this year, due to Covid-19, people are focusing more on growing medicinal plants which can help in the battle against this global COVID-19 pandemic.