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Phool Dei: Uttarakhand's festival of flowers to teach kids environmental conservation

  • Published
    15th Mar, 2022
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The festival of Phool Dei is celebrated in the Garhwal and Kumaun regions of Uttarakhand every year in the flowering season (March-April) for about a month. 

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About Phool Dei Festival:

  • The festival of Phool Dei is celebrated in the Garhwal and Kumaun regions of Uttarakhand every year in the flowering season (March-April) for about a month.
  • Children, particularly young girls, go into farms, forests and gardens after bathing and collect fresh flowers to offer to the local deities as a welcome gesture for the onset of spring season.
  • The local belief is that placing flowers at the doorsteps of houses for the gods will bring prosperity and blessings.
  • The groups of children, known as Phoolyari,bring flowers daily to the households and receive money and sweets in return from each family on the last day of spring. 
  • This is the month when entire Uttarakhand is covered with a blanket of colourful flowers, mainly from peach, plum, apricot, cherry, almond, and pear and apple trees.
  • The red rhododendron flowers, locally called buransh (the state tree of Uttarakhand), is a spectacle in the season.
  • The yellow flowers of pheonly, scientifically known as Reinwardtia indica, are also common and used widely during the occasion, as are mustard flowers. 
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