Himachal Pradesh is a stunning place. There are many beautiful places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Just like the physical beauty of Himachal Pradesh, Himachal also resembles beauty in many other ways. One is Himachal trends and Tradition. We know that the Many Indian States change their views after the introduction of the concept of urbanization. This put a lot of change in Indian society. But Himachal is not like other states. Himachal is ready to adopt the Urbanization with the older traditional practices. One of the prove to this statement is the festivals and fears celebrated every year there. Today we are going to talk about those fairs and festivals, which are considered the lifeline of Himachal Pradesh. So, Firstly talk about the Festivals celebrated in Himachal.
Famous Festivals of Himachal Pradesh:
- New year celebrations:
Celebrations of the festivals start from the very first day of the year in the capital of the Himachal. The first festival that going to celebrate is the national snow statue competition, to welcome the new year. After this, the second festival that we are going to celebrate is the Lohri festival one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India.
The next festival that going to celebrate in Himachal is one of the traditional festivals celebrated in Himachal. This is celebrated in the month of the Hindu calendar named ‘Falgun’. On this day a large number of devotees gathered in all the popular Lord Shiva shrines in Himachal. After that, they all going to celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva.
Just like Shivratri, there are many such festivals which are celebrated by other states in Himachal too like Diwali, Navratri, Baisakhi, and so on.
Some of the festivals that only celebrated in Himachal are:
- Doongri Festival:
The festival was celebrated in May in the district known as ‘the valley of gods’, named Kullu. This festival tells us about the onset of the spring season. On this day the whole valley is decorated and there is all around the aroma of flowers. One big thing that is organized in Kullu is Fear of Hidimba Temple, Which spreads nearly 1.5 km. This season is considered one of the best times to visit Himachal Pradesh by tourists.
This festival is also known by the other name of “Prithvi Pooja“. This is celebrated in August and this festival is going to celebrate month-long. During this festival, girls used to dance and celebrate every day of the festival. This festival also is known as Badranjo in Kullu and Pathroruin Chamba district. This festival has given such a name just because of the flowers used in the festival.
- Minjar Festival:
One of the most famous festivals of Himachal Pradesh. This is a week-long festival celebrated in the district of Chamba every year. The festival is started on the second Sunday of the month. The festival is celebrated to show gratitude and respect to the “God of Rain’. During these days people devote paddy tentacles, coconut, fruits, etc to the god. The festival is celebrated with the week-long fair conducted in the Chowganbazaar.
- Kullu Dusshera Festival:
Dusshera is celebrated mainly in every state of India on the last day of the Ram-Leela. But the Dussehra celebrated in Kullu is quite different from other places. On this day you all will be able to see the real colors of the Himachal. People will be able to understand the real meaning of Himachali culture on this day. They come to know the dance and music used to play in Himachal. On this day also many tourists come to Kullu just to enjoy the festival and see the real colors of Himachal Pradesh.
There are many other festivals celebrated in Himachal like Phool Yatra festival, ice skating festival, and many others.
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Fairs in Himachal Pradesh:
What are these fairs? Fairs are a type of entertainment in a field or a park. There are rides and many other things all around that you can enjoy. There are 20+ festivals and fairs registered under the different-different committees in Himachal. These fairs are a glimpse of the Himachali culture, that what are the characteristics of it. Some of the fairs celebrated in Himachal are:
- Holi Fair: Holi Fair is known by the name of Holi Mela also. This fair is celebrated in the district of Hamirpur and is one of the biggest fairs celebrated by Himachalis. During the fair, you will be able to see the many recreational things there like dance, music, games, folk dramas, and many more. The fair is also considered as very important for the business world as this brings a lot of foreign clients to the Himachal.
- Chessu Fair: The fair is generally celebrated by the Buddhists and all. This fair is also known by the name of Tsechu Fair. For this fair, many foreign Buddhist communities also come to India to preach for their god. This day is celebrated as a tribute to the Guru Padma Saambhava, Who nearly meditated on the banks of many lakes for years. This day is seen as their birthday also. He is also known by the name of ‘Second Buddha‘.So, to show respect to the lord buddha this fair is celebrated.
- Others Fairs:
1. Naina Devi Fair: The fair is celebrated in the nearby areas of Naina Devi. This fair is held in August. The fair is celebrated to show respect to the goddess Naina Devi and pray them for the prosperity of the nation and all.
2. Nalwari fair: There is two nalwari fair celebrated in Himachal. One in Bilaspur and one in Shimla. The fair celebrated in Bilaspur is called Nilwari Cattle Fair and in Shimla called Nilawari fair simply. The fair celebrated in Shimla is related to the business world as this fair brings many business deals in Himachal. While the fair celebrated in Bilaspur is the fair in which the exchange of cattle occurs. There are many new breed cattle brings to this place during the fair.
These are some of the fairs and festivals of Himachal that you can enjoy your next visit and plan your visit according to these timings.