Snowman Making A Rage In Kashmir, Gets Social Media To Endorse Talent

Snowman Making A Rage In Kashmir, Gets Social Media To Endorse Talent

3 January 2014
India Today
Ashraf Wani

Srinagar: On New Year's Eve when the whole world was busy in celebrations, youth and children of Kashmir valley were busy in making of snowmen in different localities. Hundreds of the valley residents have flooded social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter with home-made, street-side, lane-side, lake-side and in-orchards snowman pictures. Making of snowmen during and after snowfall is a century-old tradition in Kashmir. It is the kind of art which is enjoyed by youth in general and by children in particular. Snow is very soft and easy to mould in any form which attracts children to try their hands in making their expressions by snow, says Basharat Ahmad, a local businessman in Srinagar. Now, with the facility of camera mobile phones and social networking sites , this art has been well displayed on Facebook and other social network sites. A few comments and likes on these snowmans make all those makers happy and proud. The trail of pictures on threads and walls are so long and frequent as if these social networking have called for an unannounced competition of snowmen. Several people have carved huge animals, which have become source of attraction for locals, out of snow. After the first heavy snowfall through out Kashmir valley on the first day of new year, thousands of such snow carving arts are display across the valley. Several people have come up with the larger than life size snowmen. At Srinagar's tourist hub Boulevard, salesmen have come up with huge snowmen on banks of the Dal lake to attract tourists. 'These snowmen are real show stoppers. Some have been draped in proper traditional dress. We stop by these huge snowman and even drop by at the shops. These snowmen are meticulously sculpted,' admitted Megha Jain, a tourist from Delhi. Kashmir witnessed snowfall on the eve of New Year. The capital Srinagar was carpeted with around one feet snow and other upper districts recorded between one to four feet of snow in 12-hour long continuous snowfall. Freezing temperature ensures that snow stays on the ground and rooftops. 'The minimum temperatures for the next 24 hours will be around -4C,' said Srinagar meteorological director Sonum Lotus. He also said that next spell of snowfall in Kashmir will start from January 8th till then one hope is their that these snow mans will not melt and will remain for few days more.