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Fairs and Festivals in Punjab

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

This inconceivable goodness is inherent in the Fairs and Festivals that rejuvenate the soul of man. Punjab is a land of the Five Rivers, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej. Rich in Cultural diversity, the land of Punjab is also renowned for the colorful image and plentiful Fairs and Festivals in Punjab. They are celebrated with much enthusiasm and exuberance. Social interaction and merriment forms the part and parcel of the Punjab Fairs and Festivals.

The festivals are usually held in the months of April and May when harvest is ripe and ready, the men with gladdened heart and vibrancy comes out with sickle and thanks the lord for enriching the landscape with such fertile harvest and then carnivals are arranged for the Lord. The Baishakhi Festival is one such significant fete. Continuous chanting of the hymns in the month of December and January signify another festival of the Sikhs.

It is the Gurupurab fiesta. Holi, the carnival of Colors is also celebrated in Punjab with much zeal and fervor. In the month of Kartik or October-November the women, for the well being of their brothers, give grain and saffron to their brother’s forehead. It is an auspicious ceremony.

Lohri is another such magnificent festival in Punjab in which the bonfire is lit in order to please the fire god. For the long life of their husbands and also for their lifelong protection the Punjabi women celebrate the Mehendi Festival in which they smear Mehendi in the foreheads of their loved ones. This is actually notable at the onset of Sawan Month.

List of Fair and Festivals in Punjab

Baba Bakala

Baba Bakala were the last words of Guru Harbhajan Singh and his last words indicated the next would-be Guru. This was an amazing incident; and the Sikhs remember this with pride and affection. Description of the Baba Bakala: After the demise of the Guru Hargobind Singh utter confusion prevailed. This was regarding the selection of the... read more»

Baisakhi

In the year 1699, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh established the Panth Khalsa or the Order of Pure ones for the Sikhs. The Baisakhi Festival is usually held on that day in Punjab. Punjab is an agricultural Land and the main occupation of the people is agriculture. So, the people celebrate the Baisakhi Festival at time of... read more»

Baisakhi National Fair

In the light of the fair day the Punjabis rejoice one of the opulently hued festival also known as Baisakhi Festival, and along with that they also enjoy the Baisakhi Mela. The event is in agreement with the 10th Guru of the Sikhs also known as Guru Gobind Singh. He actually envisaged the path of truth or Order of the pure ones known as the... read more»

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib

India is known for its many hued fairs and festivals that form an integral part of the attraction of India. Each state, race and culture comes up with different fairs and festivals that are different from each other, each with different origin and each has a different way of celebration. The Indian calendar gives you a long list of fairs and... read more»

Chhapaar Mela

"Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead." Life would seem the bowl for eternal entertainment for you when you visit the Chhapaar Mela Village Chhapaar (Ludhiana), and the dancing girls would make your evening all the more vibrant and bright. The organizers call this Dance Festival as Zinda Dance, and people from across... read more»

Dera Baba Nanak, Gurudaspur

Dera Baba Nanak of Gurudaspur is a place where the Holy Guru of the Sikhs known as Guru Nanak settled down at the near end of his life. It is the city of Kartarpur on the banks of the river Ravi. The further side of the river is now in Pakistan and Guru Nanak passed out at this place. So, this is the sacrosanct place for the... read more»

Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib Jor Mela

The vast canopy of the Banyan tree at Fatehgarh occupying 3-4 acres of land is a unique site. It is also known as Kaya Kalp Vriksh. Similar to this vast tree there had been a canopy for the people of Punjab, it was the tenth Guru, named Guru Govind Singh His sons were illegitimately taken by Wazir Khan and killed for refusing to embrace... read more»

Gurudwara Manji Sahib Alamgir

Gurudwara Manji Sahib is one of the renowned Gurdwaras in Punjab and is reputed for the 10th Guru of the Sikhs also known as Guru Gobind Singh. There is a nice story behind this Gurudwara. When Guru Gobind Singh was pursued by the Mughal army he took shelter in the Gurudwara Manji Sahib and thereby the place was consecrated by his holy... read more»

Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon

The Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon is located just 38 kilometers from Ludhiana and is the most reputed place where one can offer worship; it commemorates Guru Govind Singh. He was actually engaged in a massive war against the Mughal guerrillas. Guru Govind Singh died while fighting; he was regarded as the most revered 10th Guru of the Sikhs who... read more»

Gurudwara Thumb Sahib of Maghi,Kartarpur

Guru Nanak had been a famous person in the history of Indian Sikhism and a renowned prophet and philosopher. To him no religion was greater than humanity and he stressed on the requirement for nuptial bonds and also made it clear to his devotees that without leading a family life it is very difficult to abstain from the worldly desires. To Nanak... read more»

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

The Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is a festival for the Sikhs in India and worldwide. It is a religious occasion that marks the birthday of the last guru for the Sikhs. The tenth guru, January 5, 2011 will be marked with prayers in the gurudwaras for prosperity and blessings. Communal harmony and spiritual enlightenment is reflected through the... read more»

Guru Gobind Singhs Birthday

India is a land of numerous festivals, in pace with the cycle of the seasons. These proceed with sowings and harvesting and around them have grown legends, most of them portraying the victory of good over evil. Some festivals are mainly of religious nature, and others are related more to, change of season and harvesting. They have a retentive... read more»

Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan

The Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan at Devi Talab in Jalandhar is actually a music concert that would complete a good old period of 131 years on December 2006. It has been recognized by the Government as the National Festival for Music. The concert is always graced with the presence of reputed singers from all over the country so it is a very... read more»

Hola Mohalla

The words Hola Mohalla symbolizes mock fight. It is generally held at the historic town of Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib. The Hola Mohalla, Anand Sahib has gained the prestige of an International Festival and now is imitated in the Gurdwaras all round the world. The gallantry display of the knights at the mock war reminds the people of the... read more»

Lohri Festival

Lohri is a very popular carnival at Punjab and is celebrate with maximum zeal and enthusiasm in the state. Mainly celebrated to mark the departure of the Winter it is synonymous with the Pongal of Tamil Nadu, Sankranti of UP, Bihar and Karnataka, Bhogi of Andra Pradesh and Bihu of Assam. Although it is related with the harvest season and... read more»

Ludhiana Jarag Mela

Ludhiana Jarag Mela is usually celebrated in the Pail Village for the Mother Goddess Seetala and is one of the most reputed Fair in Punjab. It attracts tourists from across the country and is exhibited with incredible ardor and passion. Description to the Ludhiana Jarag Mela: The Ludhiana Mela is also known as the Beheria Mela. To create... read more»

Martyr's Day

Punjab remembers their heroes- Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev by observing the Martyr's Day every year. Belonging to the village of Punjab, their martyrdom had set new horizon during the freedom movements of India. The trio sacrificed their lives to attain India's Independence from the violent British rule. They were young and... read more»

Prof. Mohan Singh Mela,Ludhiana

"Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar" (Nnamdi Azikiwe). True scholars are venerated with award in the Prof. Mohan Singh Mela, Ludhiana. Prof. Mohan Singh had been a great writer and to honor that talented author who created numerous heart-throbbing poems, every year a grand... read more»

Mukatsar Maghi Fair

This festival called the Mukatsar Maghi Fair is much like Holi and Lohra Festival in Punjab and is celebrated with tremendous zeal and fervor. A local fair is arranged since this fiesta has a historical significance. Mukatsar Maghi Fair attracts millions of crowds that last for two or three days. Description of the Mukatsar Maghi... read more»

Rauza Sharif of Sirhind,Fatehgarh Sahib

Rauza Sharif of Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib has been constructed at Sirhind to commemorate the valiant youngsters who gave up their lives when tempted to give up their religion for Islam. Wazir Khan the Fauzdar of Islam bricked them under the instructions of Aurangzeb. A Gurudwara was raised in that place and is known as the Rauza Sharif of... read more»

Rose Festival in Chandigarh

"Fair flower, that dost so comely grow, Hid in this silent, dull retreat, Untouched thy honied blossoms blow, Unseen thy little branches greet; ...No roving foot shall crush thee here, ...No busy hand provoke a tear." Rose Festival is one of the prime events in Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a centre of commerce or... read more»

Kila Raipur Sports Festival

Fairs and Festivals form an integral part of Punjab’s Culture and Rural Sports, National Fair (February), Kila Raipur is no exception to that. It envisages a spirit of affability among the Punjabis and they celebrate this Fair with a great deal of pomp and grandeur. Rural Sports, National Fair (February), Kila Raipur is thus a widely... read more»

Guru Ram Das Jayanti

One of the important festivals of Sikhism is Guru Ram Das Jayanti that is celebrated all around the globe with full enthusiasm. Guru Ramdas ji was the 4th Guru who remained on his seat for 7 years. He is still remembered for his great contribution to his community as well as the nation. About Guru Ram Dasji Sri Guru Ram Dasji, the... read more»

Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Guru Granth Sahib the holy book of Sikhs contains the scriptures of the Sikhs. This holy compilation comprises of hymns and prayers which contains the actual teachings spoke by the Sikh Gurus. Also famed as Adi Granth, which contents are referred to as Gurbani and the individual hymn is called Shabad. Dictation of Granth Guru Arjan Dev... read more»

Baba Sodal Mela

Baba Sodal Mela is one of the most important fairs in Punjab, organized to pay homage to Baba Sodal, a great soul. Each year, the Mela is organized in the month of Bhadon (September), in Jalandhar one of the most important cities of the north Indian state of Punjab. The fair particularly takes place on the 14th day of Shukal Paksh and is... read more»