Harela is a traditional festival celebrated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, particularly among the Kumaoni and Garhwali communities. It marks the beginning of the sowing season and is observed twice a year, in July (Hariyali Harela) and September (Sharad Harela). During the festival, people plant barley or other seeds in small pots filled with soil as a symbol of growth and prosperity. They offer prayers to deities and show gratitude to nature for its abundance. Harela brings communities together, fostering a sense of unity and environmental awareness. Cultural performances, folk dances, and music add joy and vibrancy to the celebrations.