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Harela Festival of Uttarakhand 2019 - Date, Images, Importance, Story, Festivities & Celebration

Harela Festival of Uttarakhand 2019 - Date, Images, Importance, Story, Festivities & Celebration 

Harela festival is one of the unique festival that is celebrated in the state of Uttarakhand which is majorly celebrated in the Kumaon region. This festival mark the beginning of Monsoon or Rainy Season. This festival is celebrated on the first day of Shravan. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the state. Harela is celebrated thrice in a year. The first two Harelas are celebrated in both the Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri. The third one which is also known as Shravan Harela is celebrated in the month of Shravan. Harela means 'Day of Green' or 'Green Leaves'.

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Harela Festival 2019 date

Harela is celebrated every year on the first day of Shravan. This year it will be celebrated on Wednesday, 17th of July.

Importance of Harela festival / Significance of Harela Festival

Harela festival symbolizes the new harvest of the rainy season. This festival has a great significance in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. On this day people encourage each other to plant more and more trees to save the environment.

Story of Harela Festival 

This festival is celebrated as the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. People make clay statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and worship them. The clay statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are known as Dikare or Dikars. This festival marks the beginning of the rainy season.

Harela Festival festivities

The elder member of the family give money to their children and usher blessings on their kids by chanting:

Harela festival Song / Harela Festival Poem

''Jee Raye Jagi Raye, Dharti Jas Aagav
Aakash Jese Chakav Hai Jaye, Surya Jas Taran
Syav Jaisi Buddhi Ho, Doob Jas Faliye
Sil Pisi Bhaat Khaye, Jhanthi Teki Jhad Jaye.''

Harela Festival celebration

Nine days before the auspicious day of Harela the head of the family sows five to seven kinds of grains in a pot which is kept in the house and water is sprinkled over them to bring good health and prosperity to the house. All the family members worship the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The crops that grow in the pot shows the good harvest of the season. On the day of Harela all family members cut the yellow leaves of the new harvest and put it in the ears.

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