Fairs And Festivals

The religious, social and cultural urges of the people of Uttarakhand find an expression in various fairs, which are in turn closely linked to the economic activities of the region. Various folk songs and dances have been kept alive because of these fairs. 

In older times, when means of transport were not so good these fairs was an opportunity for friends and relatives to meet regularly. Despite of all the changes in our society, the tradition of fairs has been kept up by the people. The fairs of Jauljibi, Thal and Bageshwar have been closely linked with the trading activities of the people of this region, while the fairs at Dwarahat, Syalde and Devidhura are important from the religious and cultural point of view.

Maha Kumbh festival held after every 12 years in the city of Haridwar on the coast of the sacred river the Ganges attracts devotees all over the world. The fairs and folk festivals of Uttarakhand are very colorful and distinctive and are the blend of various natural, social and cultural factors.

The people of Uttaranchal also celebrate all the major Indian festivals. Basant Panchami, Bhitauli, Harela, Phooldei, Batsavitri, Ganga Dusshera, Dikar Puja, Olgi or Ghee Sankranti, Khatarua, Ghuian Ekadashi and Ghughutia are some of the major festivals of Uttarakhand. The daily lives of Uttaranchali women are crowded with a never-ending succession of festivals, most of them involving fasts and the preparation of special foods.

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Brijmohan Bisht
Bagwal – Devidhura Fair
Bagwal – Devidhura Fair

Bagwal Fair is celebrated at Maa Varahi Devi Temple in Devidhura located at a distance of 45 km from Lohaghat in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand

Bagwali Pokhar Fair
Bagwali Pokhar Fair

Bagwali Pokhar Fair is religious fair of Kumaon, Uttarakhand celebrated on Yam Dwitiya (Bhai Dooj). It is celebrated in October/November, depending on

Basant Panchami
Basant Panchami

The festival of Basant Panchami celebrates the coming of the spring season. This festival, which also signals the end of winter, is generally celebrat

Bat Savitri
Bat Savitri

The Bat Savitri Festival is basicall a Vrat (fasting eveng) in which married women observe fast from the morning. They offer their prayers to Savitri

Baurani Fair
Baurani Fair

Baurani Fair is a popular fair celebrated at Baurani in Pithoragarh town located in the Kumaon region. Baurani fair is celebrated 15 days after Diwali

Budi Diwali
Budi Diwali

Budi Diwali is an important festival celebrated in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand and is the main feature of Jyotiparva festival. Budhi Diwali is ce

Chaiti Fair
Chaiti Fair

Chaiti Mela is a popular fair held every year during Navaratri at Kashipur, located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The fair goes on for 15 d

Chandrabadni Fair
Chandrabadni Fair

The people of Uttarakhand are known for their high cultural values and ethics. Many fairs take place in the state that is dedicated to various holy de

Chaupakhya Festival
Chaupakhya Festival

Chaupakhya Festival is celebrated during Navratris at Chaumi Devta Temple in Rayansi, a small village located in the Pithoragarh district in the Kumao

Chhipla Jaat
Chhipla Jaat

Chhipla Jaat is basically a yatra (travel event) which expresses different aspects of human faith. The bare foot journey to Chipla Kedar, worship, bat

Dhaulinag Utsav
Dhaulinag Utsav

Dhaulinag Temple is a temple dedicated to Nag Devta located at Bageshwar town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. There are several Nag Devta temples

Dudhiyal Devi Fair
Dudhiyal Devi Fair

Dudhiyal Devi Fair is celebrated every 12 years at Paunada village located in the Budha Kedar region of Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.

Gabladev Fair
Gabladev Fair

Gabladev Fair is celebrated every year as a religious fair by the inhabitants of Darma Valley which is situated at an elevation of 4000mts in the Pith

Gaindi Khagoti Fair
Gaindi Khagoti Fair

Gaindi Khagoti Fair is celebrated in Chwicha village in the Pauri district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The fair begins on Vasant Panchami and co

Gananath Fair
Gananath Fair

Gananath Fair is a famous fair held at Gananath Temple located about 47kms from Almora. Gananath Temple is an ancient temple known popularly for its c

Ganga Dusshera Or Dasar
Ganga Dusshera Or Dasar

Ganga Dusshera is celebrated on the Shukla dasami of the Jyestha (May - June). The sacred Ganga is worshipped on this day and Dusshera posters (dwarpa

Gauchar Mela
Gauchar Mela

Gauchar Mela is an annual trade fair held on 14th November in the hilly town of Gauchar, located in the left bank of Alaknanda River in the Chamoli di

Gendua Fair
Gendua Fair

Located in the Purola region of Uttarakhand, Singtur Range (Patti) is famous for its traditional rituals, fairsand festivals. One such fair celebrated

Ghandiyal Devta Raaj Jaat
Ghandiyal Devta Raaj Jaat

Uttarakhand is a state that is not only renowned for its tranquil natural beauty but also for its rich ethnicity. People with high enthusiasm celebrat

Guru Kailapeer Fair
Guru Kailapeer Fair

Guru Kaila Peer Fair is one of the oldest cultural and traditional fair in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Famous as the oldest and holiest fai

Haatkalika Fair
Haatkalika Fair

On the ashtami (eighth day of the month) of the Chaitra and Bhado, a fair is held in the Kalika temple at Gangolihat. People come with drums and flags

Harela And Bhitauli
Harela And Bhitauli

On the first day of the navaratris (nine day holy period) of the month of Chaitra women fill baskets with soil and sow seven types of grains in them.

Harela Festival
Harela Festival

Harela is one of the most auspicious festivals of Kumaon region celebrated on the first day (KarkSankranti) of Shravan. Harela literally means ‘gree

Harin Chital
Harin Chital

Harin Chital means ‘spotted deer’. Celebrated in the Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Harin Chital is a folk drama with a

Hilljatra
Hilljatra

The Hilljatra, which is being celebrated in some parts of Pithoragarh district, is essentially the festival of pastoralists and agriculturalists. In t

Jagda Festival
Jagda Festival

Jagda Festival - A joyous festival of Jaunsar-Bawar region. Every year, the people of Jaunsar-Bawar region celebrate Jagda Festival with great zeal an

Jageshwar Fair
Jageshwar Fair

This fair is held on the fifteenth day of the month of Baishakh (late March or early April) at the Shiva temple in Jageshwar. 

Janti Fair
Janti Fair

Pandukeshwar Festival, locally known as Janti Fair or Janti Mela is celebrated every 6 years in Pandukeshwar Temple situated on the left banks of Vish

Jauljibi Mela
Jauljibi Mela

Jauljibi Fair is a cultural and commercial fair held every year from 14th-21st November at the place of confluence of Kali and Gori rivers, situated 1

Kalika Fair, Bungkhal
Kalika Fair, Bungkhal

Kalika Fair, popularly known as Bungkhal Mela is a famous religious fair celebrated every year at Kalika Devi Temple located in Chaurikhal village in

Kalsin Fair
Kalsin Fair

Kalsin fair is a one-day fair held every year near Shyamlatal located 5 km ahead of Sukhidhang which lies in the Tanakpur-Champawat highway.

Kamleshwar Fair
Kamleshwar Fair

Kamleshwar Fair is a religious fair held every year on the 14th day of Kartik month (early November) which is known as “Vaikuntha Chaturdashi”.

Kandali Festival
Kandali Festival

Kandali Festival, also known as Kirji Festival is celebrated every 12 years by the Joutiya or Jainila people during August-September in the Chaudans r

Khatarua
Khatarua

Khatarua is essentially the special festival of pastoral- agricultural society and celebrated on the first day of the month of Ashwin in mid September

Kot Ki Mai Fair
Kot Ki Mai Fair

Kot ki Mai Fair is a grand three-days fair celebrated every year from Panchami to Ashtami of Navratris (5th – 8th day of Navratris) in the month of

Kumaoni Holi
Kumaoni Holi

The uniqueness of the Kumaoni Holi lies in its being a musical affair, whichever may be its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi or the Mahila

Makar Sankranti – Ghughutia
Makar Sankranti – Ghughutia

Also known as Ghughutia, Uttarayani, Makraini, Makrain, Gholda, Ghowla, Chunyatyar, Khichdi Sangrand, Pusyodiya, this festival is celebrated on the da

Maun Mela
Maun Mela

Adorned with surreal beauty, Uttarakhand is a state that’s vibrant culture and traditions will leave you in awe. The customs & traditions follow

Nanda Devi Fair
Nanda Devi Fair

Goddess Nanda Devi is the daughter of the Himalayas and the wife of Lord Shiva. The people of Uttarakhand worship Nanda Devi with deep faith and you w

Olgia (Ghee Sankranti)
Olgia (Ghee Sankranti)

Different antique festivals are celebrated in the state of Uttarakhand. Each festival carries the touch of traditional cultures of the state. One of t

Purnagiri Fair
Purnagiri Fair

Every year Purnagiri fair is held on Vishuwat Sankranti and this attracts a large number of pilgrims. After the Holi festival, the longest fair of Kum

Rameshwar Fair
Rameshwar Fair

Rameshwar Fair is an eventful fair with great religious and cultural significance held during Makar sakranti. The events during the fair which include

Syalde Bikhauti
Syalde Bikhauti

It is celebrated on the Vishuwat Sankranti day and commemorates an ancient victory. On this day, the Bagwal is held at Syalde Pokhar in the old t

Tapkeshwar Fair
Tapkeshwar Fair

Tapkeshwar fair takes place at a very grand level in honor of the great Mahadeva. Devotees throng to the Tapkeshwar temple in large number and show th

Thal Mela
Thal Mela

Held in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Thal Fair or Thal Mela is one of the most important commercials fairs after Jauljibhi Fair. Thal Mela is hel

Uttarayani Fair
Uttarayani Fair

Uttrayani fair is held in a number of places including Bageshwar, Rameshwar, Sult Mahadev, Chitrashila (Ranibagh) and Hanseshwar etc. on Uttarayani da

Vishuvat Sankranti/ Bikhoti Festival
Vishuvat Sankranti/ Bikhoti Festival

Bikhoti or Vishuvat Sankranti is a traditional New Year’s festival of Hindus also known by the names of Bikhoti, Vaishaki, and Mesh Sankranti. Just

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