Himachali people are usually simple people and most of them thrive on agriculture as the basic source of income. About 60 percent of the total population of Himachal Pradesh is dependent on agriculture. Almost 90 percent of the Himachali population comprises of Hindus and Buddhists. The latter are more often found in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala and some areas of Lahaul and Spiti district. Extremely humble and helpful, the people of Himachal Pradesh choose to denounce the hustle and bustle of cities and only considered the serene and calm environment of valleys as their home. Apart from this there are numerous tribes that reside in Himachal Pradesh which are Kinnars, Gaddis, Gujjars and Lahaulis. These tribals reside in the hilly forest areas of the state. Himachal is also the home to Nepalis who come here in search of employment.
Tradition and Culture of Himachali People
The beautiful culture of Himachal is evident in the various traditional houses that have very interesting structure. Due to the fact that they have been in isolation, an untouched beauty can be found in the lifestyle of Himachali people. They are simple, honest, god-fearing and firmly rooted in the basics of their past. The people of Himachal are very hospitable and will take great care of the guest. They truly follow the principle of “Atithi Devo Bhava” and consider guests as their gods.
The traditional attire of the Himachali people varies as per the region of their belonging. Scarves (also known as Dhattu In Pahari) and Shawls are worn by the women. The Himachali men can be found in various types of Kurtas and typical Himachali Caps. Agriculture is the main family occupation, but with more youth getting educated they migrate to urban centres to find a suitable job opportunities.
Languages spoken by Himachali People
The people of Himachal Pradesh are multilinguistic as they are capable of speaking many languages. Though the official language of Himachal Pradesh is Hindi, but majority of people speak well in Pahari. They can also converse in Kangri, Kinnauri, Dogri and Punjabi. The pahari language is subdivided into three types; the eastern pahari, the western pahari and the northern pahari. In Himachal Pradesh the western pahari is most commonly used , while in the capital city of Shimla the dialects of Sirmauri and Keonthali is used. Being a big state the languages used by the people varies in every region. The other regional languages spoken in this state are Chambyali, Pangwali, Lahauli and Kinnauri.
Himachal Pradesh is varied in its rich culture. Diverse traditions of this state are represented by the music, handicrafts and its festivals with all their colourful rituals and ethinicity.