In celebrating the festivals in high vigor and enthusiasm, the people of Uttar Pradesh have added certain social and cultural rites, thus ennobling its vivacity and ebullience. The culture of Uttarakhand thus has a plethora of festivals to be celebrated. The Uttarakhandis grab every opportunity to celebrate almost all the festivals of India in the same way as the rest of Indian states do. Women especially participate in this gaga of the festivals: fasting, cuing the festival processions, cooking foods etc stimulates the excitement of the festive seasons. Holi, Diwali, Navratri, Christmas, Durgotsav are the time of gala celebrations for the people of this region. A few local festivals are feted, typifying the customs and practices of the localites. Basant Panchami, Bhitauli, Harela, Phooldei, Batsavitri, Ganga Dusshera, Dikar Puja, Olgi or Ghee Sankranti, Khatarua, Ghuian Ekadashi and Ghughutia are some of the major festivals of Uttaranchal. Harela is particularly a Kumaoni festival. It is held on the first day of the month of `Shravana` symbolizing the arrival of monsoons.
Bhitauli is a festival of sharing gifts from the brothers to their sisters. This is feted in the month of `Chaitra. On the first day of the same month, Phool Dei is observed by the lasses who roam from door to door of all the village households. Along with them they carry plates full of rice, jaggery, coconut, green leaves and flowers.
Olgia is feted on the first day of `Bhado` symbolizing rich harvest and productivity. The agriculturists and artisans give presents to the owners of their land and purchasers of their tools and receive gifts and money in return.
This festival is celebrated on the `Krishna amavasya` of the month of `Jyestha` .On the day married females rever Savitri and the Bat or banyan tree for the welfare of their husbands.