Harela and Bhitauli Festival in Kumaon Region Uttarakhand
On the first day of the Navratri's of the month of Chaitra, women stuff baskets with soil and plant seven types of grains in them. The grains germinate symbolizing the future harvest. These yellow leaves called Harela, are cut on the tenth day and elder member of the family put them on their heads and behind their ears. During the month of Chaitra (March-April), elder brothers give presents to their sisters. These presents are called Bhitauli.
Harela is especially a Kumaoni festival celebrate in Uttarakhand region in the rainy season. The celebration falls on the first day of Shravan.
In 2016, Harela Festival is celebrated on the first day of Shravan Month i.e, 16th July.
Harela and Bhitauli festival basically belongs to Kumaon region in Uttrakhand and celebrate on the 9th day of the Navratri every Year. In this festival, women of Kumaon region make a basket with sand and plant five or seven type of seeds. It was done 10 days before of first Sharavan day and every day 2 times sprinkle the water over the seeds.
On the First day or Shravan, the elder member of the family cuts the yellow leaves which are known as Harela and put them into each and every member's head and their ears. Also, say these blessing words:
"JEE RAYA JAGI RAYA, DIN BAR BANI REE, DUBE JAI PHAILEYE, SHER JAI TARAAN HOO, SYAU JAI BUDDHI HOO, GAONK PADHAAN HAI JAYA"
Along with that on the day, elder member give gifts to the younger member.
In Short, Harela And Bhitauli is one of the most popular festivals of Uttarakhand where you can experience the exceptional cultural background of Uttarakhand.