HIMACHAL PRADESH PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
Major Population : Hindus (90 %)
Religions Followed : Hinduism, Buddhism and Other Minorities
State Language : Hindi and Pahari
Popular Costumes : Kurta, Churidaars and Himachali Caps
Himachal Women Dolled Up During Festivals
Himachal Pradesh has a very distinct population that is
composed of ethnolinguistic groups of tribals and socials. Scores of
ethnic groups have their home in Himachal Pradesh. Most of the natives
belong to the Aryan origin while the people of Lahaul and Spiti district
are essentially descendants of Mongols. Among all the natives hat reside
in the various regions of Himachal Pradesh, you should see the people pf
Kinnaur region, who are supposed to be very beautiful and have an
extraordinary collection of ornaments.
Himachal Pradesh has an intricately woven number of races, sects and communities. Come to Himachal to experience the real culture of Himachal Pradesh that has been fostered by these discrete people who live harmoniously on the same land.
The people of Himachal Pradesh live a simple life where
most of them are engaged in agricultural activities. More than 90% of the
population of the state are Hindus while a majority of Buddhists are found
in the areas of Dharamshala, McLeodganj and in the areas of Lahaul and
Spiti. Amongst the Hindus community the most common ones are Brahmins,
Rajputs, Kannets, Rathis and Kolis. All the people in Himachal Pradesh are
humble, sensitive and hard working. Chained by their own vedic beliefs,
the natives appear to have remained secluded from the modern trends. Their
life seems to be revolving around the mountains and valleys which they
consider as their home.
The tribal population of Himachal Pradesh constitutes of Gaddis, Kinnars, Gujjars, Pangawals and Lahaulis. You should take a tribal tour of Himachal Pradesh and enjoy a totally different experience.
A Typical Himachal Joint Family
Though Hindi is commonly spoken in Himachal Pradesh but another language that one should pay heed to, is Pahari. Even Pahari has various dialects that can be differentiate by the manner in which they are spoken in the various regions of the state. Tracing its origin to the Sanskrit and Prakrit language, Pahari is a language that is largely comprehensible to plain inhabitants. Besides Prakrit and Pahari, another language that can be heard in certain areas of the state in Punjabi, due to proximity of Himachal Pradesh with Punjab.
The traditional costume of Himachal Pradesh people varies
as per the region of their belonging. Scarves and shawls are ubiquitous
with the women while the men can be found in various types of Kurtas and
the typical Himachal caps.
The Rajputs clan in Himachal Pradesh are perhaps the most distinctly dressed. The Rajput males comprise starch stiffened Kurtas and body hugging 'Churidaars'. The females of this group apparel themselves little conventionally costumes like kurtas (shirt-like oriental blouse), salwars, ghaghri(Indian long skirts), choli (blouses or tops) and Rahide (head scarves decked with golden periphery).
The farmers on the other hand can be recognized by the presence of kurta, a loincloth and a cap the real have-not of the state.
Crowd of Monks Performing Prayers in Himachal
Take a tour of Himachal Pradesh to understand the famous
culture of the Himachal people. This beautiful culture is evident in the
various traditional houses that have a very interesting structure. Due to
the fact that they have been in isolation, an untouched beauty can be
found in the lifestyle of these people. They are simple, honest,
god-fearing and firmly rooted in the basics of their past.
When in Himachal Pradesh, do not be surprised if you get offerings for tea from a lot of natives. These people are very hospitable and will take great care of you! While trekking, they will be your perfect companions. The people of Himachal Pradesh will be very friendly and you can assure yourself of being in safe hands.
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