Friday, September 30, 2022

Fairs & Festivals


Roshni Fair

The Roshni (lights) Fair is held in Jagranvan from the 14th to the 16th of Phalgun in honour of the Muslim Pir, Abdul Kader Jalani. It is held in the vicinity of his tomb.

Although it is a Muslim fair in origin, the Hindus of the area also flock to the site of this shrine. It is called the 'fair of lights' because innumerable devotees who come to visit the place light earthen lamps at the shrine of the Pir. The lights are visible from long distances. It is believed that whatever wish one sincerely makes, at the shrine of this Pir is granted. Young people sing Bolian and perform dances, thus adding to the gaiety and glamour of the fair. It is sheer delight to villagers performing dances and singing songs to the sweet strains of the flute and the one-stringed instrument called Toomba.

Some fairs are held at places associated with the lives of some Sikh Gurus, such as the Masya fair in Taran Taran, and the Muktsar fair in Ferozepur. Small fairs are periodically held here and there all over the Punjab. In Phalgun a fair in memory of Guru Nanak is held on the full-moon night at Dera Baba Nanak. At Jindwal (Navanshehar), a fair is held near a pond on Baisakhi day, at a spot where once Shri Guru Hargobind is believed to have sat. At Nanaksar in Hakeempur (Navanshehar), a fair is held at the place where the seventh Guru, Guru Harirai, stayed for some time.