Uttarayani Fair, Bageshwar(Last Updated 15 Apr, 2022)
The Uttarayani is a hearty fair that showcases the culture of Uttarakhand. It is held on the premises of the holy Bageshwar Temple. This fair has played a vital role in the local movements as it provides social and political workers an important platform to express grievances. The Uttarayani Fair in Uttarakhand is also celebrated in Rameshwar, Suit Mahadev, Chitrashila (Ranibagh), and Hanseshwar. However, Uttarayani in Bageshwar attracts the largest number of people.
History of Uttarayani Fair
The Bageshwar Fair has played an even more prominent role in trying to uproot the evils of bonded labor or begar. In 1921 under the able leadership of Pandit Badri Dutt Pande, the registers of the Coolie laborers were drifted at the meeting points of the Saryu and Gomti Rivers by the Kumaon Parishad activists.
In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi himself visited the Bageshwar Fair. Several freedom fighters and folk singers are also associated with the Bageshwar Fair. They have tried to instill in rustic people the values of self-esteem and independence.
How is Uttarayani Fair Celebrated?
Many commercial activities take place during Uttryani Festival. People dip in the holy river as this fair begins on Makar Sankranti, an auspicious day. People purchase various items like iron and copper pots, baskets, casks, bamboo articles, mats, mattresses, carpets, blankets, herbs, and spices. All night long, people sing and dance on Jhoras, Chancharis, and Bairas.
- People also witness the impressive performances by folk artists.
- The sight of the large gatherings clad in bright and colorful clothes is a visual treat that will uplift your mood.
When is Uttarayani Fair in Uttarakhand Celebrated?
The Uttarayani Fair is held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, which generally falls in the month of January (the second week).
To get more information regarding this festival, contact out travel experts for your next holiday. You can choose a customizable tour package of Uttarakhand for a smooth and easy travel experience.