Phool dai is known as the harvest festival of Uttrakhand and it is celebrated on the first day of Hindu month Chaitra mid march. Phool dai is all about flowers and starting of spring. The festivals celebrated for around one month but the first day is considered to be auspicious.
Phool means flower and dai is a ceremonial pudding which is the key food in this festival that is made from jaggery. White flour and curd are also offered to everyone.
About Phool Dei Festival
Known as the harvest festival of the state Uttarakhand, Phool Dei is an auspicious folk festival which welcomes the spring season in the state. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month, Chaitra. Young girls are the most enthusiastic ones to participate in the festival. Phool Dei is all about flowers and springtime. In some places, the festival is celebrated as carnival and the celebration goes on for a month. The term ‘Dei’ refers to a ceremonial pudding which is the key food in this festival that is made from jaggery. White flour and curd are also offered to everyone.
Young girls gather together and go to every house in their village/towns with plates full of rice, jaggery, coconut, green leaves, and flowers. Moreover, these girls put forward their wishes for the prosperity and well being of households while singing “Phool Dei, Chamma Dei, Deno Dwar, Bhur Bhakar, Vo Dei Sei Namashkar, Puje Dwar.” In return, they are presented with blessings and gifts like sweets, jaggery, and money. The meaning of the song is that we wish that your house will fill with lot’s of happiness and food and prosperity. The wishing and blessing part also include placing flowers and rice on the doorsteps of the houses by the young girls. People of village sing and dance on their folk songs to celebrate the festival of spring along with exchanging wishes for well being and prosperity of their family and relatives.
Story behind the phool dai :-
As mentioned in the Puranas Lord Shiva was absorbed in his austerity during the winter. Many seasons were passed but he didn’t break his sleep. After seeing all this mother Parvathi get a trick to wake up the Lord Shiva. Mother Parvathi dressed up all the shiva people in yellow dressed and give them the form of innocent children and asked them to bring those flowers whose smell will fragment whole Kailash. After these lord Shiva break his austerity and join all shiva people to celebrate the Phool dei.