Jammu and Kashmir > Social Practices, Rituals and Festive events

Jhiri Mela

Jhiri Mela is an annual fair held in Jammu during the month of October –November. The mela is a symbol of courage , honesty and compassion and proves to be strong rooted to add cultural value to the society. The history behind the origin of this mela is the legend of a farmer named Baba Jitto.

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Pragya seeks to tap the traditional knowledge and preserve the culture of indigenous communities. With this broad objective, Pragya is helping in the revival and strengthening of traditional medicine system, one such system being the Amchi system. Pragya conducts workshops for promotion of the Amchi system in the Ladakh region. The organisation also encourages local traditional healers to hold regular healthcare camps in the region for the benefit of the communities and the migrant workers.

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Transhumance is the seasonal movement of people with their livestock between fixed summer and winter pastures. In the mountain regions, this implies movement between higher pastures in summer and lower valleys in winter. Herders have a permanent home, typically in the valleys. Only the herds travel along with the people necessary to tend them. In the Indian Himalayan region, the Gujjars, Bakarwals of Jammu and Kashmir and the Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh are amongst those communities who practice transhumance every year.

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