Uttarakhand is a multi- ethnic state lying in the Himalayan ranges. The population comprises of Rajputs, Pandits which includes Garhwali, Kumaoni and Gujjar communities. The ghagra choli is the traditional costume of most of the states in North India and Uttarakhand is no exception. Besides this, there are a number of reasons that makes Uttarakhand people ( popularly known as PAHADI) to feel special about their cultural Pahadi existence and feel proud of UTTARAKHAND.
1. PEOPLE OF UTTARAKHAND LIVE IN THE LAND OF GODS
Not many know that Uttarakhand is popularly known as DEV – BHOOMI or the Land of Gods. The 4 important pilgrimages according to Hindu mythology i.e Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri glaciers are located in this Himalayan state. Belonging to the land which is pious is certainly a big thing.
3. THEY KNOW HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE
Concept of ”Atithi Devo Bhava” is best applied and is still in practice in this state. Moving to more remote villages, even now any tourist is welcomed by the locals and is taken care of until they don’t leave their house.
3. PAHADI (UTTARAKHAND) WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL AND HARDWORKING
Not only about beauty, Pahadi women are equally hardworking as they carry all responsibilities for their family’s livelihood.
Chipko movement was actually started by the women of Uttarakhand in1973.
Even in the cities, Pahadi girls are known not just for their beauty but also their work/profession. No doubt, they are a perfect combination of Beauty with Brains.
4. THEY DOMINATE BOLLYWOOD INDUSTRY
The talent is just inborn, just look at Urvashi Rautela, Anushka Sharma, Asha Negi who are budding star faces in film industry. They also include Indian television industry like Shruti Ulfat, Barkha Bish, Shilpa Sakloni, Aditi Sajwan and many more. Not only them, the famous lyricist and composer Prasoon Joshi hails from Uttarakhand.
5. UTTARAKHAND HAS A WIDE CULTURAL IDENTITY
Traditional attire makes them more beautiful and they have a special role or attires .Ghagra Pichora is the traditional bridal attire wherein Ghagra is the long skirt and and Pichora is a Kumaoni veil. Nath (big nose ring) and a galloband (a necklace) and a lot of jewellery.
6. UTTARAKHAND – HIGHEST SERVING STATE IN INDIAN ARMY
Uttarakhand surely brags about producing maximum number of officers in the Indian Army amongst all the states. Also, most of the families aspire to send their children to serve their nation as it’s considered as an honor for mothers to produce patriotic prodigies.
7. UTTARAKHAND – SECOND SAFEST STATE FOR WOMEN
It is the second safest state for women after Arunachal Pradesh. Reason being, the presence of morals and ethics towards other sex and people still imbibed in them. Surely, this is something for PAHADIS to feel proud of and inspire other states too.
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