Aepan Festival

Aarohi Bal Sansar celebrated Bal Diwas (Children′s Day) in November 2012 as a festival of Kumaoni Folk Art, called "Aepan′ or Alpana, which has a special place in all Kumaoni homes. Used as ritual designs or ′chowkis′ for pujas, festivals and ceremonies connected with birth, ′janeu′ (the sacred thread ceremony), marriage and death. Material used is simple terracotta (Geru) colour for background and rice paste. It is mostly women who paint the designs on the floors and walls of their homes with the last three fingers of the right hand. The festival was followed by the ever popular musical chairs for different age groups. It was a fun and memorable day for the children.

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