Fairs and Festivals in India


Kumbh Mela at AllahabadIndia is a land of fairs and festivals. Festivals are either connected with the seasonal cycle or religious events, agricultural operations, or even some historical events. Makara Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri, Bihu, Vasanta Panchami, Baisakhi, Gur Parab, Sabarimala festival, Shivratri, Holi, Gangaur, Teej, Ugadi, Raksha Bandhan, Shravani, Krishna Janmashtami, Onam, Rama Navami, Id, Dussehra, Deepawali, Mahavir Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, Nauroz, Chrismas, and Ka Pombhang Nongkram (Meghalaya) are some of the festivals celebrated.

There are fairs, such as Nauchandi Fair, Pushkar Fair, Tarnetar Fair, Sonpur Mela which draw people from far and near. However it is the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad or the Ardha Kumbh at Haridwar which draw largest number of persons from all over the country. 26 January and 15 August are celebrated as the Republic Day and the Independence Day respectively. These are country’s national festivals.

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