In the year 2000, 27th state of Republic of India is formed. During vedic age, the state is a part of the Kuru and the Panchal kingdoms. According to popular belief, in the blissful place of devbhoomi, Vyas has composed the epic of Mahabharata.
Uttarakhandis are known for their simple lifestyle, humility and honesty. Inspite of urbanization, the people of Uttarakhand are still attached to their cultural & traditional values, surrounded with its rich mythology.
Inhabitants of Kumaoni region are recognized as Kumaini and the people from Garhwal region are known as Garhwalis. Apart from these two major inhabitants, Uttarakhand is also home to ethnic groups like Bhotias, Jaunsaries, Tharus, Bokshas, and Rajis. With its major native languages: Kumaoni & Garhwali, Hindi is also spoken widely.
Comprising of Proto-Australoid, Mongoloid, Nordic races and the Dravidians, the state is amongst one of the most historically rich places in India. The ethnic groups like Jaunsari and Bhotias are further divided into small groups that support the diverse population and culture in Uttarakhand.
Throughout the year, celebrating and performing rituals based on belief and myths mark a distinct place to Uttarakhand among the other states in India. The culturally rich and deep- rooted festivals and fairs are the most eminent part of cultural of Uttarakhand. All the seasons and festivals are welcomed with cheerful folklore and songs. Jaagar, Barada Nati, Bhotiya Dance, Chancheri, Chhapeli, Choliya Dance, Jagars, Jhora, Langvir Dance, Langvir Nritya, Pandav Nritya, Ramola, Shotiya Tribal Folk Dances, Thali-Jadda, and Jhainta are performed on various occasions in Uttarakhand.
Women in Uttarakhand are seen with lot of respect and they play a significant role in all the socio-cultural events in the society. Men and women live in harmony with nature in Uttarakhand.