On Sunday (January 22), a similar traditional festival was organized in Kargil and Drass, which is called Mamani in the local language. It is a traditional festival which is celebrated as a food festival. There is an exhibition of special Ladakhi food prepared during winters. On the first day, thousands of people from all over Kargil district reached to celebrate that festival.
The festival is organized by the Kargil district administration
In the olden days, the people of every village used to cook and bring food from their own homes and the whole village used to participate in it. But nowadays the festival has been organized by the Kargil district administration. The festival is held during the harshest days of winter – Chillaikalaan and on this occasion traditional dishes are not only displayed but also prepared on the spot. It was also served to those who attended the fair.
The event is held to keep the tradition alive
In the olden days, the purpose of organizing such fairs was to give people an opportunity to unite and celebrate in winter. But in the new era, this program is being done as an attempt to keep the state’s civilization and tradition alive and to add it on the tourism map. Organizer Anayat Ali said that generally people come to visit Ladakh only in summer. In winter they feel that nothing happens here. But the people of Ladakh spend their difficult life happily even in winter. Must come to see it.
This dish is served in food
Partners of Mamani are offered traditional foods of Kargil – Popot (Grain Soup), Heartstrap Khur (Yeast Bread), Markhor Ajog (Puri), Poli (Pane Cakes of Buck Wheat), Curd , Suggu (Kash or Pachae) is served in the traditional plate Changrah. A large number of tourists visiting Ladakh also participated in this traditional cuisine event and not only enjoyed eating, but also enjoyed traditional costumes, dances and songs.