Haryana is renowned for its colorful and vibrant fair and festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor. Like other north Indian states the Haryana participates in almost all the festivals that are taking place in the country and the most vibrant among these is Teez. Tese festivals offer a great respite and warm welcome from the monotonous schedule of your regular life, Haryana is the ultimate destination to unfurl and enjoy the mood of fun and festivity. Some of the enchanting festivals of Haryana are:
Like all other parts of India Holi is the most celebrated festival of Haryana as well. The color of festival is known here as Dulandi Holi in Haryana. People greet each other with colors and the mood of happiness and cheer filled the whole atmosphere.
The festival of light like all over India is celebrated with great pomp and fervor in the state of Haryana in the month of Kartik. The festival mark the 14 year exile of Lord Rama and on this day people light the lamps , distribute the sweets, wear new clothes to welcome Him.
The festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated in Haryana as a great welcome of the season of spring after the dead and decay of winters. People of Haryana celebrate this joyous festival with much ebullience and joy. The main attraction of this festival is kite flying.
In Haryana, Gangore is the festival celebrated on Chet Sudi-3 or in the months of March/April. Idols of Ishar and Gangore are taken out in a procession and devotional songs in the praise of God until they are immersed in water. The spring festival is dedicated to goddess Gauri the goddess of abundance. Girls dressed up in the finest of clothes and pray to the goddess for a spouse of their choice while the married women do the same for the happiness of their husbands. Colorful images of goddess Gauri which are beautifully dressed and bejeweled are taken out in the procession with the town band. Thousands of people take part in this procession of Gangore to get the blessings from goddess Gauri.
Teej is the most famous festival of Haryana. This fasting festival takes place on 3rd day of Shukla Paksha on Bhado month according to Hindu calendar. It normally falls in the moths of August or early September. The festival is dedicated to the Goddess Paravati commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated for martial bliss, well being of spouse and children and purification of one’s own soul. All the girls apply henna on their hands and feet and they receive new clothes from their parents. The puja is performed early in the morning and the baya which consists of various food stuffs is placed on a platter at the place of worship. A chowk or square is decorated and the image of idol is placed over there. People enjoy various cultural performances which are organized on this occasion in the evening.
A festival obeyed next day of Janmashtami- Guggapir, is celebrated both the Hindu and the Islam community which mirrored the true secular spirit of the state.
Some famous fairs that are held in the state of Haryana include-
The fair of Gopal – Mochan is held in the Ambala city near Bilaspur in Jagadhari tehsil in the month of Kathik. The water of Gopal Mochan is considered by many to be more efficacious the waters of the Ganges at Haridwar. The Tank of Rin Mochan situated close to the Gopal Mochan is also very revered by the people.
Masani Fair is the most famous fair held in the honor of Goddess of small pox. The temple of goddess Masani is in Gurgaon. A visit to the shrine is an antidote for small pox and people from great distances flock to it with their children. There is a hevey rush in the temple all round the year but in the months of April/ May steady stream of people flows here. Monday is being the most favorite day.
Basdoda fair held in the village of Basdoda in the Rewari tehsil. Here situated an ancient temple of Bhaironji. A fair was held on Chatsudi 11th followed by two days. People from far off places take part in this fair.
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