Jammu’s population comprises of more than 65% Muslims, 29% Hindus and remaining Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists; and though most of the fairs and festivals here are either prominent to Muslims or Hindus, all of them witness an intercommunal celebration, with participation from Muslim, Hindus and Sikhs as well.
Some of the major festivals celebrated in Jammu city are –
- Urs – An important festival in the region, this is celebrated many times in a year. It is a festival to commemorate eminent Muslim saints like Meesha Sahib, Batamol Sahib and Bahauddin on their respective death anniversaries.
- Ramzan – A month-long festival where Muslims follow intermittent fasting and regular prayers.
- Holi – The festival of colors, celebrated in March.
- Lohri – A folk festival celebrated in winter in the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Punjab in India.
- Eid Ul Fitr, Eid Al Adha – Although these 2 festivals are celebrated by Muslims across India, the Muslims of Jammu & Kashmir celebrate these in a more zealous and unique way, which adds a distinct festive charm to this place during these times.
- Baisakhi – Celebrated in April; it marks the first day of the month of Vaisakha calendar followed in some parts of North India.