How Old is Dubaddi Festival ? It is believed that the festival came to village with migration of Shetwan clan from Garhwal many centuries ago to Mundhan. This is evident from the fact that there are several villages in the Garhwal region which have been celebrating the Dubbadi festival for ages, such as Khairad, Marod, etc villages in the Tehri Garhwal district. The festival in the Mundhan village is mainly associated with the Shetwan clan and every other clan joining with them from the village.
Why is the festival celebrated? This is a question to which different answer may be elicited. However it is a fact that the entire Mundhan observes this with fullest faith and gaiety. It is said that the festival comes as a thanks giving to the Lord, called Dubbadi Devta, for His blessings in the form of good Kharif crops. Those who own land and have better crops commit to ensuring that nobody in the village goes hungry.
How is Dubbadi celebrated? On the appointed day ., a male member each fasts on behalf of his family in the village through the day. At around round 4.00 p. m, each such person would bring a Pooja Thali from his home to assemble at the Panch ka Aangan ( the village ground) to start the festival with proper ceremonial prayer offerings. The Pooja Thali is decorated with Dhoop sticks, ghee-of cow milk, ethnic dishes The grain bales/leaves of seasonal cops like , Kawani, Chaini, Shaathi(paddy), Jhangora, etc, are also placed in the sanctum- sanctora of the village called Thari/Thaur.
On this occasion every one congregates at the village ground duly bathed wearing new clothes. As the formal prayers and worship offerings is over, the assembled persons break in to traditional songs and dance. After the song and dance, the guests are invited for dinner by the village folks in the true Jaunsari warmth. The event is marked by either performing Ramlila/other play or by organizing Mandawana , in which through especial drum beats Pandavas’ spirits are solicited to dawn on certain persons-both male and female. The regular hosting of Mandawanas are supposed to bring happiness and ward-off ill-fate with Pandavas blessing them alls.
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