Fairs & Festival
The largest fair of the State, Gangasagar Mela is a three-day event
held in mid-January, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti,
at Sagar Dwip. Lakhs of pilgrims come for a holy dip at the confluence
of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.
on the occasion of Makar Sankranti (mid-January) another fair is
held at Kenduli in the district of Birbhum. The Mela draws the largest
number of Bauls, the wandering minstrels of Bengal.
On the occasion of Sivaratri (February - March), a month-long fair
is held at Jalpesh near Mainaguri in the district of Jalpaiguri.
The fair centres round the age-old Siva temple dedicated to Lord
With the onset of spring, Holi is celebrated all throughout India.
At Santiniketan in the district of Birbhum, it is Vasanta Utsav
(March). Students of the Visva Bharati University welcome the season
of colours through songs and dances, throwing abir and spraying
liquid dyes at each other.
The Bengali year starts from the first Baisakh (mid-April). It is
an occasion for celebration to the Bengalees in general and tradesmen
in particular. New clothes, fresh flowers, offerings at temples,
people visiting decorated shops mark the day.
Rathayatra (June-July) at Mahesh near Serampore is a week-long festival.
People throng to have a share in pulling the long ropes attached
to the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra on the journey
from the temple and back.
All over the Western part of the state, a festival is held in the
honour of the serpent-deity Manasa on the last day of the Bengali
month Sravana (mid-August). But the most spectacular is the one
held at Vishnupur in the district of Bankura, with its shows of
live snakes on open platforms.
Every year on the last Thursday of the Bengali month of Bhadra mid-September),
Bera Utsav is held at Lalbagh on the river Bhagirathi near the palace
of the Nawabs. Fireworks of various size and colour add
to the gaiety of the festival.
Durga Puja & Deepavali
The largest Bengali festival is Durga Puja, held in the Bengali
month of Aswin (October). Images of the ten-armed goddess are worshipped
in ancient houses and at pandals, erected specially for the Puja.
After the four-day ceremony, the images are immersed in the river.
Durgapuja is the most important festival in the city of Calcutta.
The festival that follows is Deepavali, the festival of lights,.
The worship of goddess Kali is marked by display of fireworks and
On the occasion of Rashyatra (November), a fair is held at Cooch
Behar in North Bengal. The month-long fair is one of the most important
fairs in the area.
Goddess Jagaddhatri is worshipped in the Bengali month of Kartick
(November). At Chandannagar near Calcutta
imagesof the goddess are tall, pandals spectacular and the illumination
unique. in fact, the illumination part is the most attractive feature
Teesta Tea & Tourism Festival
Held in a series at Darjeeling, the Dooars and in Sikkim, the Teesta
Tea & Tourism Festival is celebrated with a view to promote
tourism in this region as a composite tourist destination, with
its bounties in tea, timber and tourism. The festival is held every
year in November - December.
Between the 7th and 9th of Poush (end-December). Poush Mela is held
at Santiniketan in the district of Birbhum. Of the many seasonal
festivals celebrated at Santiniketan, this is perhaps the most important,
with cultural programmes consisting of folk music & dance, folk
theatre and Baul songs.
in the temple town of Vishnupur a festival is organised every year
between 27 and 31 December. Characterised by exhibition and sale
of local handicrafts and performance of the rich musical tradition
that Vishnupur boasts, this is an immensely popular festival.
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