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Besides all the other festivals common to the rest of the country, Haryana celebrates Lohri with deep religious fervour. It is celebrated on the 13th of January every year. The temperature at this time drops to an all time low and there is a biting chill in the air. Bonfires are made into which sugarcane, parched rice, sesame seeds and monkey nuts are put as offerings to the fire and the blessings of the goddess of LoLohrihri are invoked.

The Harvest festival (in April) of Baisakhi in Haryana is an experience of a lifetime. Both in Haryana and Punjab, farmers start harvesting with great jubilation. It is one of the liveliest celebrations and involves dance, music and feasting.

The most picturesque festival is the Teej festival, celebrated with the onset of the monsoon. This is the time when the oppressive summer heat is cooled by welcome showers. In Haryana, it is seen as a rejuvenation of life-in leaves, in grass, in man. Woman walk around with hennaed hands wearing tinkling glass bangles and colourful dresses and fast for the long life of their husbands.

In the rural parts of Haryana, the festival of Sanjhi is celebrated in the month of October. ‘Sanjhi’ is the name given to the image of the mother goddess Durga as designed by the women of rural Haryana.

A modern day celebration in Haryana is the Vintage Car Rally. An event organized by the owners of a newspaper ‘the Statesman’. It is a day of shining brass, tooting horns, period costumes and happy smiles. The Sohna Hill climb is the test for the old models-a perfect path dotted with delightful tourist facilities.

The Surajkund Crafts Mela is the largest crafts fair in India, is celebrated in the month of February for fifteen days. Every year thousands of craftsmen come from all over the country to show and sell their wares. Cultural programmes are organised during the festival every day.

Baisakhi (13th April) at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore
The Harvest Festival of Baisakhi is unforgettable in Northwest India. It is one of the liveliBaisakhiest moments of celebration at the Yadavindra Gardens, Piniore.

Mango Mela (June/July) at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore
Summers can never be over without a mango feast. That is what the Mango mela at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore , is all about. Hundred of species of Mango from as far away as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh as also from Haryana, Himachal ,Punjab, arrive delighting just about every one with their hybird shapes and quality. Competitions of preserved goods, fruit and products are held, colours of cultural extravaganza are also held at the event while stalls sees fastfoods.

Hayana Day (1st September) at all Tourist Resorts
This festival celebrates the birthday of Tourism in Haryana. It was on Ist September that Haryana Tourism Corporation came into existence.This day marks the Tourism Day celebrations.Cycle rally-cum-race is held from Chandigarh on to Panchkula town,. The day also marks on ”Pakwan Pratiyogita, Blood Donation camp and Run for Fun events. competition. Musical evenings are held. Illumination and contest are orgainsed at all complexes of Haryana Tourism.

Mahabhartha Festival (December) at Kuruksehetra
One of the most delightful experiences that has begun at Kurukshetra is the Gita Jayanti celebrations. A series of events are held. These include the recitation of the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita pageants celebrating the Epic Mahabharata and Lord Krishna. Seminars on the holy Bhagwad Gita and performances by theatre groups, Bhajan recitals, the ‘aarti’ and ‘Deep’ Daan’ at the Brahma Sarover holy water tank mark the day. Each event is glittering memorable and a deeply soulful experience.The celebrations commemorate the holy scripture: Bhagwad Gita and lord Krishna. The event is celebrated with seminars and cultural events.


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