Losar (late Jan to late Feb). Tibetan New Year, marked with dancing and music in areas with large Buddhist populations, principally Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj and Spiti.

Suhi Mata (early April). Four-day local festival celebrating the legend of Rani Sunena in Chamba.

Baisakhi (usually April 13). Fairs are held throughout the state and people take dips in holy waters. Women are especially prominent with colourful dress.

Minjar (early Aug). A week-long riot of singing and dancing in Chamba to celebrate the growth of maize.

Flaich Ukhayang (Sept, date varies). Colourful festival of flowers throughout Kinnaur, marked by a procession of the village deity and goat sacrifice.

Dussehra (late Sept to late Oct). Important throughout India, in Himachal this ten-day festival is particularly spectacular in Kullu.

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