Himachal Pradesh is the most picturesque North Indian State with fabulous scenic beauty. The state is gifted with nature's bounties and is a much sought after tourist destination for various purposes like leisure, religious, adventure sports and business etc.
It has an excellent tourism infrastructure by way of good transport and lodging facilities. Himachal Pradesh has a glorious past and history coupled with rich culture, traditions and customs. All the seasonal and religious festivals and fairs are celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm by the people of Himachal Pradesh. Majority fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh are based on seasonal changes and coincide with the agrarian lifestyle.
The Fairs and Festivals in Himachal Pradesh are associated with many folklores and give valuable insight into the rural lives, customs and beliefs. Every district in Himachal Pradesh has its own cycle of annual fairs related to the history and sociological background of that area. Festivals hold a very important place in the lives of Himachali people.
The farmers take a day off from work on the festival occasion. All people, irrespective of their social and financial standing, take part in the festival celebrations as per their abilities. If somebody in the family has died on the festival day, the festival is not celebrated in the family till a birth takes place. The tribal festivals in Himachal Pradesh are quite unique in their celebrations. The Sikh festivals in the state are celebrated on a large scale in the cities.
The different fairs and festivals in Himachal Pradesh include the Pori Festival, Dussera, Fulaich, Holi, Chaitti, Chaitraul, Bishu, Minjar, Rakhadumni, Gugnaumi, Losar, Sairi, Diwali, Dyali, Khogal, Sajo, Gotsi, Karwa Chauth, Khepa, Magha Naun, Lohadi and Faguli. All festivals are celebrated with processions, worship of local deities, weapon worship, sacrifices, folk music, folk dance and theatre.
Dussera is a major festival of Himachal Pradesh, celebrated with great pomp and gaiety throughout the state. The Kullu Dussera celebrations are world famous. A winter sports festival is also organized at Shimla which is a major draw among the adventure seekers. Himalayan Car Rally is another thrilling event in Himachal Pradesh.
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