Manali Customs and Rituals

The diverse Manali customs and rituals impart a distinctive and unique character to the exotic hilly region of the Himalayan Kingdom. Comprising of a vast mixed population, Manali portrays various religious customs and traditional rituals that highlight the rich culturally inherited legacy of the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Nestled in the midst of exotic mountain ranges of the mighty Himalayas, the varied culture and rituals of Manali attest to the rich historical past of the region. These cultural traits and ritualistic patterns have come down from ancient times and has become an integral part of the modern day civilization process.

The local inhabitants of Manali and its neighboring areas lead a very simple life devoid of any ostentation. Religion forms an important part of the socio- cultural life of the local population of the hilly regions of Manali. Life of the indigenous tribal population of Manali revolves around colorful fairs, religious festivities and social ceremonies which are celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour.

Most of the tribal population of Manali worship nature. All the religious ceremonies of the indigenous local inhabitants of the area are celebrated to appease the Gods and Goddesses associated with nature. Many aboriginal tribal community also have faith in the Totemic religion which is one of the ancient forms of worshipping the Supreme Being.

The indigenous population of Manali love to wear hand woven traditional woolen attires that reflect their artistic skills and creative imagination. Representing the religious fervor of the local population of Manali, Dussehra is observed with extreme purity and devotion.

Upholding the traditional heritage of Himachal Pradesh, Manali customs and rituals are the only relics of the glorious bygone days of the region. One can get a glimpse of the rich traditional past of the region by closely observing the Manali people, culture and festivals.