The shrines of Jammu, the valleys of Kashmir and the mountains of Ladakh; the three regions together celebrate innumerous festivals. The Hindu, the Muslim and the Buddhist festivals are celebrated with equal fervour and zeal. Other than the prominent festivals that are celebrated all over India such the national festivals like and the common festivals of Eid and Diwali, there are some other festivals celebrated here with great festivity.
Vaitha-Vatur-Truvah, which literally means thirteenth day of source of River Jhelum. It is held at an ancient temple at Verinag, the source of the Jhelum. Hindus and Muslims participate in this festival. The Lohri and the Baisakhi festival that are celebrated throughout the northern regions of India are celebrated in Jammu with great zeal.
The Urs (or Ziarats) is a typical Kashmiri festival. It is held annually at the shrines of Muslim saints on their death anniversaries. Urs of Meesha Sahib, Urs of Batamol Sahib and Urs of Bahauddin are particularly famous. These Urs are popular despite the rigorous weather. Celebrated in different parts of Srinagar, not only Muslims but Hindus and Sikhs also take the blessings. Sindhu darshan festival is another important festival when the Kashmiris come from all over the state to worship the source of the River in Leh. There are many Buddhist Monasteries in the part of Leh as the major population of Leh and Ladakh practices Buddhism.