The people in Himachal love festivals and participate in all the local
festivals and fairs with great enthusiasm. Most of the fairs and festivals
are connected with the various seasonal changes. There are many folklores
connected with the beginning of each festivals. These fairs offer a clear
glimpse into the lives, the beliefs and the popular customs of the rural
life in Himachal. Each district has its own sequence of annual fairs which
are connected with the historical and sociological background of that
area. Festivals have an important place in the lives of the people in
Himachal. On the festival day the farmers do not work in the fields and
rich and poor alike celebrate these to the best of their financial abilities.
If there has been a death in the family on the day of the festival, the
festival is not celebrated by the other members, till a birth occurs around
the same time. The Sikh festivals are celebrated largely in the cities.
The tribal festivals have their own identity which is totally different
from the festival celebration elsewhere.