Kashmir Saffron Festival (24th of October)
About Kashmir Saffron Festival
The Kashmir Saffron Festival is celebrated every year in the month of October and this year the celebrations will begin from the 24th of October.
The festival is organized by the Tourism Department of Kashmir, and the prime objective of observing this festival is to increase the tourist count in the Kashmir Valley in various fronts, during this season.
It is through festivals like these that the tourism department of Kashmir manages to get the attention of tourists in a grand way and thus, pave way for their arrival, garnering more economical and cultural value.
In fact, this festival is also a medium through which saffron growers get a platform to showcase their yield and also get some monetary returns as they sell it, instead of letting go of their lands due to the lack of their ability to repay the debts.
Saffron is not just a crop but also one of the most vibrant colours and the Kashmir Saffron Festival is equally vibrant and colourful as it showcases traditional music and dance, accentuating traditional Kashmiri culture, on the saffron fields itself.
Needless to say, Kashmir holds a global recognition for the saffron it produces, which is better than even the Iranian saffron, and over decades now, the saffron in Kashmir Valley has been one of the pivotal attractions for tourists from all over the world and not just India.
During the Kashmir Saffron Festival, the tourists are encouraged to pluck saffron here from the fields along with the farmers—an activity that was barely promoted years ago, but now thanks to this festival, people are becoming more and more aware of it.
The farmers make a lot of profit through this activity while on the other hand, the tourists get to learn the traditional art of plucking saffron from the fields.
Saffron is known to be one of the most expensive herbals produces and it blossoms in the months of October to November.
It is the fertile soil as well as the cold atmosphere of Kashmir that make it an ideal destination for saffron fields.