India | Himachal Pradesh

Faguli Festival

Celebrated in Kinnaur, Faguli is a spring time festival of the tribes and is connected with Vasanth Panchami Festival. During this festival, the people clean the house and welcome the monsoon gods, and shoot arrows at the portrait of Ravana drawn on a paper. If an arrow hits the home, it is taken as a sign of victory of gods over demons in the heaven.

The blowing of conch shells is forbidden, because they believe that this could divert the attention of gods engaged in the brave battle against the demons up in the heavens. The wood called Suskar Horing is brought early morning by the members of a certain family, and it is burnt in a cave in the evening. The roof of the cave is covered with lard, and barley is roasted below on the fire. They consider it a sign of good luck, if the grains of barley jump up and cling to the roof of the cave.

After the ritual, the people return to the villages in a procession led by a man with Huri followed by the Lankawalla, who in turn is followed by the Kittewalla carrying a Doo. After three rounds of the temple, the villagers snatch the Doo, and feed it to their animals. Faguli is a festival of Savani in some areas and food is served to the animals for seven days.

Updated on 4th March, 2019


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