The old city of Dehradun is not just famous in the nation for its scintillating surrounding and mesmerizing beauty but it is also known across the globe for its rich cultural heritage. Before we know about its culture, we must understand whats its all about. The term refers to a state of intellectual development or manners within a community or group. It could be defined as social and political forces that influence the growth of a human being.
“Unity in diversity” holds the true meaning for Dehradun as it is home to four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism among the other smaller ones that live in close harmony with each other. This is really unique and colourful to see in the city.
It is famous for its traditions, hospitality, liveliness and generosity, thus making it a major tourist attraction in the world. The culture of this amazing city has played a key role in the development of the valley. The city comprises of cuisines, festivals, music, literature, art and many more, making it stand distinctively out of the many.
Religious Culture of Temples
The rich holy culture and heritage can be witnessed in the number of temples present here bearing the architecture, crafts work and carved statues. The city is a home to various famous temples, making the city’s heritage bloom with sacredness. Few of the famous temples in Dehradun are Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Sai Darbar Temple, The Char Siddhs, Ram Rai Gurudwara and Santala Devi Temple.
Culture of Fairs and festivals
Fairs and festivals in the city are the best way to display the rich culture in the city. Few of the major festivals and fairs in Dehradun are Jhanda fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, Bissu Fair and Uttarakhand Mahotsav. These amazing festivities in the city bring together the people of all caste and creeds together and enjoy the moments together.
Culture of Traditional Cuisines
It is incomplete without mentioning about the city’s unique flavour and taste. Few of the main cuisines popular here and most of which are pahaadi ones are the Kandalee ka Saag, Bal Mithai, Kulath Phanu, Gulgula, Arsa, Kaafli, Singodi, Sani hui Muli and Nimbu.
Culture of Traditional Attires
The traditional dresses here made of colours and jewelleries remain available at various shops in a wide variety. The colourful traditional dresses attract not just the locals but the foreign tourists. The tourists from India and across the world love to shop the ethnic dresses to make their journey memorable. Women attires include Ghagra Choli, Lehengas, Sarongs, Bandhani, Sarees, Burkhas, Long skirts, while men attire includes Dhoti, Lungi, Turbans and Kurta Pajamas.
The Culture of Languages
If we talk about languages, it is still alive as the people in the city have respect for their mother tongue. They speak their original regional languages and teach the language to their children to keep the Culture alive. The basic languages spoken in Dehradun are Hindi, Garwali and Kumaoni. The aroma of the ancient Garhwal rule can still be felt in the languages spoken here by the local people.
Culture of Values and Family
With simplicity remaining the key ingredient here, it is customary to respect elders and touch their feet as to seek their blessings. Respecting elders and understanding cross cultural traditions are some of the values in Dehradun. The city still follows the traditional family processes which are all about love, sharing, caring and patience. Arrange marriages are still preferred in here where a girl weds into an unknown family and adjusts herself.