Most of the people in Himachal depend on agriculture for livelihood.
Many people derive their income from sheep, goats, and other cattle.
Ninety percent of the people live in villages and small towns. Villages
usually have terraced
fileds and small two storey houses with sloping roof. The villages are
mostly self-contained with a few shops to take care of basic necessities
of life. Most villages have a temple, where people congregate for worship.
In many parts of the Himachal the village Gods are carried on palanquins
to village fairs. On Dussehra the largest congregation of village Gods
takes place at Kullu.
The folk songs of Himachal Pradesh are full of charm. They are usually
based on a
religious or a
romantic theme. People gather in a circle in village fairs and dance to
the tune of these songs. The dancing is usually spontaneous during a
village fair and is symbolic of the peace and joy of the people. In
general people of Himachal Pradesh are honest, truthful, gentle, and good
Most of the children study at government run public schools. There are
many private schools at Shimla and other parts of Himachal.