Living in the mountains mostly in places that are not easily accessible , the people of the district have been able to preserve their culture, folklore, folksongs and folk dances.
Folk dances, a distinctive feature of the district, being seasonal, traditional and religious. Some of the better known folk dances being described below:
Thadiya:- Accompanied by a song, is performed on Basant Panchami, the festival celebrating the advent of Spring.
Mela:- Performed on Deepawali.
Pandava:- Performed during the winter after the harvesting of the crop and depicts the principal events of the Mahabharata.
Jeetu Bhagdawal and Jagar or Ghariyali:- These dances enact mythological stories, the participants, both men and women, put on their traditional colorful dress and dance to the tune of drums and Ransinghas.
Chanchari:- Another dance performed during the fairs and accompanied by a song. In this both men and women participate.