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Life In Nainital

Nainital gives you an insight into the local life and customs of people living in the hilly areas of the country. There is a stark difference in their belief and way of living compared to their city counterparts.The natives of Nainital are referred to as Kumaoni. Unaffected by the rat race of modern lifestyles and culture, the people of Nainital are devout and follow their rituals strictly. Peculiar to their lifestyle is the Hindu calendar, according to which important festivals are followed.

A striking characteristic of Kumaoni people is the black dot applied behind the ear or on the forehead to ward off evil spirits. From social to cultural practices, the locals are highly influenced by their customs and rituals.

Great artists, Kumaonis specialise in the traditional style of painting known as ‘Aipan’. Made on a wooden stool or table bears, the Aipan consists of various beautiful patterns such as sun, moon, bells, water, et al. Prepared during the festive season, these paintings adorn the walls of small brick houses alongside fresh flowers.

Celebrations Galore
Festivals are a big part of Kumaoni culture, from Nandi devi fair to Khatarua, all events and fairs are celebrated with immense zest and excitement. Intertwined with rituals, these festivals are symbolic of age old beliefs.

Bread and butter
Primarily an agricultural society, the surge of tourism has given people innovative ways of earning their daily bread. From tourist shops selling artistic handicrafts and artifacts to other touristic activities, locals in Nainital have gradually settled down to the growing popularity of their home town.The culture, lifestyle, traditions and rituals of a city describe and define its very being. Welcoming and inviting, Kumaonis will make you feel at home with their unbound enthusiasm and excitement. Reach the destination and take a special dekko at Nainital’s enlightening heritage and cultural past.

People In Nainital:
People mainly live in houses made out of stone or bricks. All of them have a slope roof tops so that the snow easily slips and falls on the ground during winters. The roof tops are generally made of stone. The livelihood of people is mainly from the tourism business. They are shopkeepers, guides, hotel staff, restaurant owners, cab drivers, etc. 

The normal routine of people is guided by commonly believed superstitions. Any action against the blind belief is considered offensive by the society and the person becomes answerable to everyone. For instance, all death mourning takes place only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The rest of the days are meant for all auspicious invitations and good work initiatives. Visit to sick people on mourning days and Thursdays is a complete no. Women also cannot visit their parents’ house on Thursdays. To keep evil spirits away, a black kohl dot is put on the forehead or behind the ear of a person. This is a common practice to save small children from negativity.