Friday, October 19, 2018
Punjab

Fairs & Festivals

Fairs

Baisakhi

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.

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