Culture of MogaMoga features the predominant cultures and religion of Sikhs. This city has the highest population of Sikh people as compared to all the districts in Punjab. According to the 2009 census the total Sikh population has reached to 90%. The main reason for this increase in the Sikh population percentage is the migration of Hindus to other major cities in Punjab. Agriculture is the prime occupation in the district of Moga. Running of truck transport and cold store business are the secondary occupation of Moga residents. Building of Truck Body is a notable small scale industry developed in this city.
Fairs and Festivals of Moga
Moga, being the largest district featuring largest Sikh population, celebrates all the annual Sikh festivals and rituals. The festivals showcase the rich Sikh culture and some of the distinctive festivals are Lohri, Maghi, Panchami, Baisakhi, Basant and Dusshera. Apart from these Sikh festival specialties, Moga celebrates Holi, Janmastami and Diwali like other states of India.
Fairs are held annually in every Moga city Gurudwaras. People belonging to the local Sikh communities and Hindu groups take part in all these fairs. People of Moga wait for these annual fairs to arrive every year. The celebration takes a shape of cultural harmony with dance, local music and other recreational activities. Special attention is given to children. Programs designed especially for children draws attention of the visitors. Kids from all age groups take part in the cultural dance and singing competitions. Awards are given by eminent individuals and local press and media cover the entire show.
Music and Dance in MogaMoga is enriched with native Punjabi culture, the effect lies in the form of music and dance. Especially, Folk dance is the main form or traditional dance in Moga. However, other elegant dance forms of Hariyanvi origin is also practiced in this district. For songs, traditional Punjabi songs and swangs are the most popular forms. The impact of Punjabi and Hindi movie songs is also there in Moga.
The true flavor of elegance comes right from the Bhangra dance. It is the traditional Punjabi dance form. There are many dance school teaching bhangra and other Indian classical dance forms. Cultural festivals in Moga on the occasion of Baisakhi, Basant, Holi or Diwali encourage music and dance performance. Both men and women take part in these cultural programs. People from other religions also take part in the dance and song performances.
Some popular dance schools in Moga are:
- Hamaralakshya Dancing and Acting Studio
Address: First Flr J.p Bldng, Bagh Gali,
Moga, Pin code- 142001
Phone numbers: 01636-225666, 9888066002
- Sanjeev Jimmy Dance Academy
Address: Nr ice factory, nr stadium rd, 9, New Town,
Moga HO, Moga, Pin code- 142001
Phone numbers: 01636-220392 and 9888182234
Art and Architectural Heritage of MogaMoga features many architectural buildings with rich history. Most of the Gurudwaras have historic values. The work of Wood, Marble and Stone showcase the distinctive art of the Mughal era. The work of stone facades, carvings and motifs are there to see in most of the old buildings in Moga.
You will also get to see rural arts and architectural elements in the villages surrounding Moga. Some of the ancient structures are in poor condition due to lack of care. Government is taking necessary steps protect the heritage buildings. There are plenty of areas that remain unprotected and urbanization is taking over slowly. Some of the Gurudwaras are maintained with great care. These are the main architectural assets of Moga district and Moga town. However, some old Moga building owners are selling their property for the sake of commercialization. Local administration should intervene and control this situation in order to protect rich architectural heritage of the town.
Craft in Moga
Moga is surrounded by many villages. The count is around 155. All these villages showcase local crafts. Most of the crafts are related to making earthen pots and toys. The clay craft is the major profession of Moga villagers. Embroidery is also practiced in some of the villages and in the Moga town. Rural women perform the embroidery trade primarily. Local crafts are encouraged by tourists and annual festivals in Moga.
In the embroidery craft, village women sew dupattas, shawls, stoles and other woolen items. There many a handful of Arts and Crafts teaching centers in Moga. Aspirants join and learn the local pottery and embroidery works. However, according to the rural culture, these local crafts are taught within families as a part of tradition. The local craft products are also imported to other parts of India and abroad. The rural craft development cell of Punjab government takes great care for protecting local crafts and traditional clay works.
Mughal Archeological Culture of MogaIn archeology, Moga captures a significant name. The town is very old with a long history of Sikh renaissance and Mughal rule. There are some of the ancient structures all around the town. The Archeological value of Moga is also great. The town council protects various Sikh symbolic and monuments.
The historical indications of a few ancient Indian Empires including the Mughals, Pathans, Sokhs and Morya were found. The local Moga museum preserves some of the noteworthy archeological items that speak of the ancient Sikh and Mughal culture and lifestyle. The museum is open for tourists all-round the year. Students from the local schools attend the museum in groups for learning the archeological value of the town. You can visit the museum on your way to Nakodar.
Auditoriums in MogaThere are a few auditoriums in Moga. They are built to offer a platform for local businesses and social recreational purposes. You can also book an auditorium in order to organize a commercial fair or a conference. Different social welfare programs are also held in those auditoriums. There is ample parking space. You need to take permission from the local Moga Police station if you expect a big crowd to be gathered during an event. Annual recreational events and fairs are also organized in these highly spacious auditoriums.
Local school and college authorities also book auditorium for their annual cultural event. Students take part and they perform dance, songs, drama and other cultural activities in the event. You can check the yellow pages and find some of the notable auditoriums. You can also promote your event by giving advertisement in the local TV channels and newspapers.
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