Chaitti Festival of Himachal Pradesh
Name of Festival : Chaitti Festival
Time of celebration (Month)
Chaitti Festival is celebrated in Month Chaitra( March and April. )
Major Territory of Celebration
Chaitti Festival is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh
New year begins in the month of Chaitra according to the Vikrami calendar. The first day of this month (Chaitra Sankranti) is therefore considered very important and is celebrated all over the state.
In this month 2 colourful festivals are celebrated
Ralli Puja Festival
On the festival of Chaitti unmarried girls gather early in the morning in the house where Ralli is going to be worshipped and afterwards they go to the local lake singing songs.That is the place where they bathe and fill small metal pots with water and come home and bathe the deities and offers the flower.End of the month they celebrate the wedding between Ralli and Lord Shiva.On the day of the wedding, people are invited for Bhat (ritual feast) and the girls pray to the goddess to bless them with a husband as sincere and responsible like the Lord Shiva. Ritual ‘puja’ is performed in 9 day and on the day of Dashami the barley shoots are distributed all over the village. Shoots also known as Riholi and symbolise the goddess Durga Bhagwati.