Fairs & Festival
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 Lohri
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
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
Baisakhi (13th April) at Yadavindra Gardens,
The Harvest Festival of Baisakhi is unforgettable in Northwest India.
It is one of the liveliest
moments of celebration at the Yadavindra Gardens, Piniore.
Mango Mela (June/July) at Yadavindra Gardens,
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
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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