These Indian Villages in Turtuk Celebrate Nowruz By Engaging In Egg Fights And Painting Eggs

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
These Indian Villages in Turtuk Celebrate Nowruz By Engaging In Egg Fights And Painting Eggs

India is known for its culture and diversity across the globe. In India, every festival is celebrated in a different manner according to the customs and traditions followed by the particular caste or even area. Yesterday, India celebrated the festival of Nowruz, which is basically the new year according to the Iranian calendar. But these villages in Turtuk celebrated this festival in a very unique manner.

Villages In Turtuk Celebrate Nowruz In A Unique Way

According to a report by ANI, the northernmost villages in Turtuk celebrated Nowruz yesterday in their traditional manner. The Turtuk block has about five villages namely Chanlungkha, Tyakshi, Turtuk, Thang and Bogdang. For people who are unaware, Turtuk is known as the last village of India on the Indo-Pak border. 

The celebration began with the village’s renowned Balti musician Ustad Mohammed Ubrahim playing drums at midnight. They also lit a large bonfire. This is known as the beginning of summer and is called ‘Babyus-e-Harib’. Specifically four folk songs are sung and people dance around the bonfire. 

The unique part of the festival is that the locals here participate in an egg fight and also paint eggs according to the Balti tradition. All the people try to break each other’s eggs. The belief is that whoever breaks someone else’s egg will have good luck throughout the year. 

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The Last Village Of India

Turtuk, which is located close on the border in the northwest corner of Ladakh, was formerly a part of Pakistan up until the 1971 Indo-Pak war, specifically. India and Pakistan have been at odds over the village for as long as anyone can remember. 

There are only 2,500 residents in Turtuk. In Ladakh, Turtuk is located on the other side of the stunning Shyok River. Only-for-pedestrians suspension bridges connect the village to the main road.

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Do you know of any other unique celebrations in India?

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