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Fair and Festivals in

          Uttar Pradesh

       Fact & figures 


The festivities and celebrations are a colourful reflection of the people and their lives. Throughout the  year, festivals are celebrated by different people in different ways, most of them centering around their modes of living and livelihood.

Taj Mahotsav -Agra Celebrated in the month of February

A ten day event that starts on 18th February each year in Shilpgram, the Taj Mahotsav is a much awaited event. India ’s extensive arts, crafts and culture are on display. Folk music, shayari and classical dance performances along with elephant and camel rides, games and a food festival, all add to the excitement of the occasion.

Jhansi Festival-Jhansi  Celebrated in the month of March 

This week-long annual event is a display of the arts, crafts and culture of a splendid city- Jhansi . The cultural programmes include folk songs, dances, mushairas and ghazals.

Lucknow Festival ( Lucknow , ) Celebrated in the month of November

This festival celebrates Lucknow ’s living culture. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh is alight with excitement during this tin day long event. Colourful processions, traditional dramas, Kathak dances in the style of the famous Lucknow gharana, sarangi and sitar recitals alongwith ghazals, qawalis and thumri create a festive atmosphere. Exciting events like ekka races, kite flying, cock fighting and other traditional village games recreate an atmosphere of Avadh’s nawabi days.

Vasant Panchami

The ceremonial welcome to spring when people, colourfully attired, especially in bright shades of yellow, dance, sing and make merry.

Holi -Celebrated in the month of March

In March, during spring, comes Holi- the festival of colours. Celebrated all over North India , Holi is a time to make merry. People smear each other with coloured powder. Singing and dancing add to the gaiety of the occasion.

The Holi celebrations in Mathura and the small towns of Braj Bhoomi- the land of Sri Krishna , are spectacular. The Rang Gulal Festival is celebrated for over a week with exuberant processions, songs and music. Especially famous is the Lathmaar Holi of Barsana and Nandgaon.  

Republic Day-State capitals

Commemorating the day India became a republic (26th January), the Republic Day is celebrated with a splendid parade  a colourful affair with soldiers marching in unison, followed by folk dancers, school children and floats from various states.

Good Friday- Celebrated in the month of March

Good Friday is observed by Christians nationwide with special services in the churches.

Baisakhi -Celebrated in the month of April

The Hindu New Year finds expression in this exuberant festival, celebrated throughout India . Baisakhi celebrations in Punjab are spectacular, as this is a very special day for the Sikhs. It was on this day that Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa. Robust revelry and feasting mark the celebrations and dancers perform the vigorous Bhangra to the rhythmic beat of the drums.

Mahavir Jayanti-Celebrated in the month of April

The birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, is observed by the Jain community. Special prayers are offered at temples and shrines.

Ramnavami-Celebrated in the month of April

The anniversary of Lord Rama’s birth is celebrated as Ramnavami by the Hindus. The epic’ Ramayana’is read for eight days preceding the festival.

Id-ul-Fitr- Celebrated in the month of May

The festival marks the end of ‘Ramzan’- a month when Muslims fast throughout the day and eat only at night. Prayers, family get- to getters and feasts are the major highlights of the celebrations.

Janmashtami-Celebrated in the month of August

The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great fervour all over the country.

In Mathura and Brindavan-where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and youth, the Janmashtami celebrations are quit elaborate. The Krishna Lela – stories of his eventful youth are enacted.

Independence Day -Celebrated in the month of August

Commemorating the day India attained freedom (15th August), Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonics and cultural programmes in the state capitals. The Prime Minister’s speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is the major highlight.

Dussehra - Celebrated in the month of October

Celebrated to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama, Dussehra symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. The Ramlila –an enactment of the life of Lord Rama, is held during the nine days preceding Dussehra. On the tenth day, larger than life effigies of Ravana, his son and brother – Meghnath and Kumbhakarna, are set alight.

Muharram-Celebrated in the month of october

Commemorates the martyrdom of the Prophet Mhammed’s  grandson – Imam Hussein. Tazias, glittering replicas of the martyr’s tomb, are carried in procession through the streets. The tazias of Lucknow and Hyderabad are noted for their splendour.

Diwali -Celebrated in the month of October

This festival of lights is the prettiest and the most eagerly a waited occasion in India . It celebrates the return of Lord Rama, the hero of  the epic Ramayana, to Ayodhya after a fourteen year exile. The flickering lights of the traditional clay lamps or ‘diyas’ illuminate the houses and fireworks resound through the night. The goddess of wealth and prosperity – Lakshmi, is worshipped on this day. Houses are white washed and elaborate designs drawn at the thresholds to welcome the goddess. The exchanging of gifts and sweets among friends and relatives and playing of games of chance at night, are all an integral part of the celebrations.

Gandhi Jayanti-Celebrated in the month of October

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi – the ‘Father of the nation’ (2nd October). The President and Prime Minister, along with other eminent political leaders, pay homage at Raj Ghat – the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.All the offices and schools, throughout the country, remain closed on this day.

Guru Purab -Celebrated in the month of November

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak – the first guru of the Sikhs, is celebrated with great fervour. The ‘Akhand Path’ – recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, is held in gurdwaras all over the country. Taking the holy book out in procession,is also an integral part of the celebrations.

Christmas -Celebrated in the month of December

Christmas is celebrated in India with great fervour. All the major Indian cities wear a festive look. Shops and bazaars and offer attractive bargains.

Carol singing, get-togethers and the exchanging of gifts enhance the Christmas spirit. Christmas parties launch off celebrations for the New Year, thus retaining the festival mood for at least a week.  

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