Fairs and Festivals of Uttarakhand

The Nandadevi Fair

The fairs and festivals of Uttarakhand are very colourful and distinctive, and are the blend of various natural, social and cultural factors. The religious, social and cultural urges of the people of Uttarakhand find an expression in various fairs, which are closely linked to the economic activities of the region. Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Phool Dei, Haatkalika Fair, Kumbh Mela, Syalde Bikhauti, Somnath Fair, Punyagiri Fair, Jageshwar Fair, Bat Savitri, Ganga Dusshera, Harela and Bhitauli, Olgia or Ghee Sankranti, Janopunyu, Khatarua, Jauljibi and Thal fairs and Nandadevi Fair are some of the major fairs and festivals of Uttarakhand. The people of Uttarakhand also celebrate all the major Indian festivals like Holi, Navratri, Diwali, Id, Easter, Christmas, Baisakhi and Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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 were an opportunity for friends and relatives to meet regularly. Inspite 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.

The fairs and folk festivals of Uttarakhand are very colourful and distinctive, and are the blend of various natural, social and cultural factors. The people of Uttarakhand 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 Uttarakhandi women are crowded with a never-ending succession of festivals, most of them involving fasts and the preparation of special foods.

Fairs of Uttarakhand
Kumbh Mela
Jauljibi and Thal Fairs
Uttarayani Fair
The Nandadevi Fair
Syalde Bikhauti
The Somnath Fair
The Devidhura Fair
The Jageshwar Fair
The Purnagiri Fair
The Haatkalika Fair

Festivals of Uttarakhand
Makar Sankranti
Basant Panchami
Phool Dei
Harela and Bhitauli
Ghee Sankranti
Khatarua
Bat Savitri
Ganga Dusshera
Janopunya
Nanda Devi Rajjaat
Chippla Jaat
Hilljatra
Kandali
Holi
Depaawali