Fairs and festivals are perhaps the best way to explore the vibrancy of India’s traditions, which add to the colours of Indian heritage. Where some festivals are celebrated to welcome specific seasons such as monsoon and harvest, others are celebrated to offer prayers to the deities. Multihued colours, lively music and happy locals dressed in beautiful attires are sights to behold during the festivals of India. Different states of India bring to you different set of fairs and festivals.
In Rajasthan, festivals such as Teej (monsoon festival), Shree The Sacred Festival, Bundi, Matsya and Camel Festival Gangaur and Desert Festival are extremely popular. In addition, fairs which are considered as the pride of this majestic Indian state include Nagaur Fair, Baneshwar Fair, Kolayat Fair, Chandrabhaga Fair and Pushkar Fair.
The locals of Tamil Nadu are known for their splendid celebrations. No matter whether it is Natyanjali Dance Festival or Pongal, whether it is Chithirai Festival Madurai or Dance Festival Mamallapuram, all the festivals of this striking state of India mirror the vibrant and jovial life of the locals of Tamil Nadu.
Punjabis (the locals of Punjab) find reasons to celebrate every day. No matter what the celebration is, there will be dance, music and the delectable Punjabi food. Some of the major events when Punjab comes alive with a fresh vigour include Lohri (end of winter), Basant Panchami, Hola Mohalla, Baisakhi, Shahidi Jor Mela and Hariballabh Sangeet Mela.
The land of rich cultural heritage and traditions, Maharashtra owns more than its fair shares of festivals. The locals are highly enthusiastic about fairs and festivals like Ganesha festival, Navaratra Mahalaxmi Fair, Banganga Festival, Elephanta Festival and Pune Festival. The festivities are clubbed with local gastronomy which adds to the festive ecstasy.
Uttar Pradesh remains a popular destination among travellers booking holiday packages to India. The state presents a blend of all the cultures, each narrating a different fable. The fairs and festivals of Uttar Pradesh usually stay drenched in multihued colours whether it is in their food, attires, decorations or art forms. Events like Kumbh Mela, Magh Mela, Kampil Fair, Deva Mela and Cattle Fair remain popular among both locals and travellers alike.
In addition to these, other popular festivals that reflect the diverse history and multiculturalism in India include Holi, Diwali, Dusshera, Durga Puja, etc. These festivals echo the beliefs of locals in spirituality and thus, act as great beguilers for travellers.
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