Baisakhi is a seasonal festival with a special accent. It is celebrated
all over the state on the first of Baisakh. This is the time when harvest
is gathered in and the farmer exults in the fulfillment of his year's
hard work. He joins the merry-making with full gusto and does not mind
walking for miles to be able to do so. Since this fair is also an expression
of prosperity, singing and dancing constitute its most enchanting features.
The Punjab's famous dances, Bhangra and Giddha are inextricably linked
with this festival.
Many fairs in the Punjab are held near the tombs and
shrines of Pirs. These fairs must have originated in a spirit of devotion
to those saints and sages. People of all classes and creeds join in without
any inhibition. The most famous such fairs are: the Chhapar fair, the
Jarag fair and the Roshni fair of Jagranvan.