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Kutchis Culture/Festivals


Kutchis Culture

Simple living yet dynamic in thoughts, raring to move forward this the strong belief of the Kutchis. Sturdy in their vision yet completely invaginates. Not afraid to think out of the box and experiment, but firmly anchored to their traditional roots. The Culture of Kutch is so prosperous, vibrant and authentic that will surely mesmerize you in everyway, this is Kutch, weaved in its colourful dream.

Sea, desert, farming and cattle raising are included in Kutch`s culture. It also includes people`s dress ups, their festivals, their habits and their artistic side.

The clothes worn by Kutchis are more similar to the people of Rajasthan and Sindh. The old style Kutchi clothes really depict its culture. Villagers here wear `Cheni`. On `Cheni`, they ware black, yellow and red border thin `Khes`, and on `Cheni` they wear `Abho` and put `Ajrakh` on their shoulders. In old times people (men) used to wear a cap called `Paagh`. They wear it with different styles. Man without `Paagh` was considered shameful. If they don`t wear `Cheni`, they wear `Dhoti` made out of thick cloths. Men wear high heel, sharp pointed embroidery shoes. Rabari women wear hot `Comdi`. Charan women wear `Dhibdo` that is a blouse fully open from backside. They call Charan women `Matama` or `Fui`.

Jewelry of Kutch`s Jat, Rabari, Aahir and Charan women depict their culture. Aahir women and children wear `Haydi` whereas Jat women wear `Vadlo` or `Mkoda Chakkar` around their neck. `Huldo` is wear by all women of Kutch. Muslim women wear artistic ankle bangals called `Ghunla`. Rabari women`s main jewel is `Akota` that they wear in their nose. It is too heavy and so is supported by a look of hair. Men also wear `Kadku` in ear.

Many cultural festivals are included in Kutch`s life. They believe in `Mataji`s different `Avatars`. They also worship pirs and Jakkhas. Religion and religious fairs are co-connected in Kutch`s culture. One of such fair is at the time of Navratri. In Navaratri they have fair in Mata`s Madh. People come walking for this fair. Among the biggest religious fairs, one is of Jakkha`s fair that is the center of Kutch`s culture. People from all over the Kutch come here in their traditional dresses.

They all sing songs in fair in night times. In Hajipir`s fair not only Muslims but all kinds of people participate here. Among other religious fair is Bhujya`s fair on the day of Nagpachami. Talvana`s Ruknshapir`s fair, Dhangadra`s Dada Mekan`s fair and Ramdevpir`s fair near Vongh.

The Kutch Mahotsav aptly called the 'Mahotsav' (great festival) is a guided tour of the life and times of Kutch, its beauty, nostalgia, ethos, traditions, culture and spirit. Kutch Mahotsav is usually organized during February and March each year. The festival organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat, is a six-day tour into the heartlands of Kutch.

The tour includes a visit to Bhuj at the heart of Kutch, Mata no Madh, an old temple dedicated to the mother goddess believed to be 1200 years old. Lakhpat, a deserted port transports you to a time when it was once the hub of Gujarat's flourishing sea trade. The Mahotsav also takes you to Narayan Sarovar, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for orthodox Hindus, Koteshwar and Bhadreshwar, also important pilgrimage centres along the Mahotsav circuit. Anjar, the beaches of Mandvi, Dhola Vira's archaeological ruins and the rural fair at Dhrang completes a rich insight into Kutch, its colourful people, historic towns and remarkable handicrafts.



Kutch Utsav


In February there is very special opportunity to visit Kutch intimately. Kutch Utsav: Ajourney in to history. A visit to lndia's oldest traditional and cultural icons. Welcome to Kutch Utsav- Forget the world. Kutch Utsav is a tour of life and time of Kutch : Its beauty, its ethos, its traditions, its history and its culture. It is the most unforgettable experience of the world's oldest and richest cultural heritages. It contains travel, entertainment and cultural exposure. Virgin sea beaches, inscrutable desert lands, breathtaking landscape, thriving wildlife, bird sanctuaries featuring exalted species such as the Flamingo, historic monuments, forts and palaces, pilgrim centers.

During the tour, you will be a special guest of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, and every requirement of yours - travel , boarding, lodging, cuisine, sightseeing, tour guidance... will be taken care of, with that unique Eastern hospitality. Known as the land of fancy and fair, trump and festivity, Kutch is a vibrant and an exotic land visited by large number of tourists every year. Kutch Utsav or Kutch Mahotsav is an important festival of Gujarat organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. (TCGL). Indian Holiday offers to give you online information on Kutch Mahotsav in Gujarat, India. Kutchi people are usually farmers. So they are busy during rainy season after which they celebrate festivals. Every shrine/temple has its anniversary day on which people get together at the shrine/temple. Wearing colourful traditional dresses, they dance, sing and play music. These folk melas mirror the culture which is alive in the people as can be seen in the festival of Kutch.

There are many melas (Festival) in Kutch. The Kutch Mahotsava is usually organised during February and March each year. Other places of interest nearby are Rajkot, in Saurashtra (16-km from Bhuj), Jamnagar (189-km from Bhuj) Junagadh (260-km from Bhuj).

Forget the world. Kutch Utsav is a tour of life and time of Kutch. Its beauty, its ethos, its traditions, its history and its culture, is so unforgettable experience of the world`s oldest and richest cultural heritages. It contains travel, entertainment and cultural exposure. Virgin sea beaches, inscrutable desert lands, breathtaking landscape, thriving wildlife, bird sanctuaries featuring exalted species such as the Flamingo, historic monuments, forts and palaces, pilgrim centers.

During the tour, you will be a special guest of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, and every requirement of yours - travel , boarding, lodging, cuisine, sightseeing, tour guidance... will be taken care of, with that unique Eastern hospitality.



Kutch Festivals

Festival
Village
Gujarat Date
Community
Mai Bhambhi
Mai
Maha sud7/8/9 Feb
Jat Muslim
Mahashivratri
Dhrang
Mahasud 13/14 Feb
Ahir/Rabari/Hindu
Abdapir
Ramper
Fagan Vad 1 / 2 March
Rajput/Hindu
Hajipir
Sodrana
Chaitra sud6/7/8 April
Muslim/ Hindu
Rukanshapir
Talvana
Chaitra sud 10/11 April
Muslim
Jeshal Toral
Anjar
Chaitra sud 14 April
Hindu
Gulamalishah pir
Kera
Chaitra sud 15 April, Chaitra vad 1 /2 April
Khoja Muslim
Matia Pir
Gudthar
Chaitra vad 1/2/3 April
Harijan, Hindu
Shitla mata
Mandvi, Mundra
Chaitra vad 13 May
Ahir/Rabari
Mamaidev
Traijar
Chaitra vad 14 may
Harijan
Pathapir
Bhedi
Vaishakh vad 1/2/3 May
Harijan, Lohana , Vnia , Banushali and Muslim .
Ravechi
Rev
Bhadarva sud 7/8 September
Ahir/Patel/Rabari
Ramdevpir
Vijpaser
Bhadarva sud 10/11 September
Ahir/Rabari
Sangwali mata
Janan
Bhadarva 13/14 September
Ahir/Rabari
Pankerser
Kabrau
Bhadarva vad 10 September
Ahir/ Rabari
Mota Yakhs
Saira
Bhadarva vad 12/13/14 September
Hindu
Jogniar
Sanger
Bhadarva vad 14/15 September
Ahir
Habaimata
Habai
Asho sud 7/8/9 October
Ahir/Rabari