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Fairs in India

India is a big destination for all type of cultural, traditional and religious fair which held in various months of the year according to the Indian Hindu calendar, significance and legends. Indian fairs are generally the attraction of rural part of the country which held for fulfilling the social and economic needs of the people. However, most of the fairs celebration in India is based on the historical myths, legends, religious beliefs for God and welcoming new season, or harvest.

Our country is a very good example of the “Unity in Diversity” as more than one religion of the people is living here. So, one can enjoy the variety of colorful fairs according to the number of religions. The real zeal, culture and traditions of the Indians are clearly seen by their ways of fairs celebration. People perform prayer, sing ritual songs, seek God blessings, hug each other, exchange their goodwill, decorate their houses, wear new clothes, listen music, enjoy dance and some people enjoy grand dinner.

Fairs celebration duration may vary from one, two days or even weeks and month. A big crowd of people get together from the rural communities and other nearby areas to enjoy the fair. Some people exhibits their own handmade products in the fair and get their demanded price according to the quality and look.

Month and region wise list of all the fairs being celebrated in India for year are given below:

FairsMonthRegion
Kerala Village FairJanuaryKovalam, Kerala
Nagaur Cattle FairJanuaryRajasthan
Joydev Kenduli MelaJanuary
GangasagarJanuaryWest Bengal
India Art FairJanuaryNew Delhi
Brahmaputra Beach FestivalJanuaryGuwahati, Assam
Jonbeel MelaJanuaryMarigaon, Assam
Kolkata Book FairJanuaryKolkata
Gwalior trade fairJanuaryMadhya Pradesh
Maghi MelaJanuaryBathinda
Banashankari Devi FairJanuaryBadami, Karnataka
Narsinghji FairJanuaryGujarat
Hemis Gompa FairJanuaryLadakh
Beneshwar fairFebruaryRajasthan
Suraj Kund Crafts MelaFebruarySurajkund, Near Delhi
Goa CarnivalFebruaryGoa
Desert fairFebruaryJaisalmer, Rajasthan
Khatu Shyamji FairFebruaryKhatu Shyamji, Sikar District, Rajasthan
Bhavnath Mahadev MelaFebruaryGujarat
Purmandal MelaFebruaryKashmir
Dharang FairFebruaryGujarat
Chandrabhaga Mela or Magha Saptam MelaFebruaryBhubaneswar Orissa
GANGAUR FAIRMarchRajasthan, especially Jaipur, Udaipur & Mandawa
Phalguna Mela in KhatushyamjiMarchRajasthan
World Book FairMarchPragati Maidan in New Delhi
Mandi Shivaratri FairMarchHimachal Pradesh
Karni Mata FairMarchDeshnok, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Sheetla Mata FairMarchnear Jaipur, Rajasthan
Chitra-Vichitra MelaMarchborder of Rajasthan and Gujarat
Urs Fair at AjmerAprilAjmer, Rajasthan
Banganga FairAprilJaipur, Rajasthan
Shri Mahavirji FairAprilChandangaon, Rajasthan
Madhavpur FairApril
Kela Devi FairAprilKarauli Rajasthan
Sitabari fairMaySitabari, Rajasthan
Ambubachi MelaJuneGuwahati, Assam
Sitalsasthi CarnivalJune
Jagannath Rath YatraJulyJagannath Temple, Puri
Harela melaJulyKumaun, Uttarakhand.
Gogaji FairAugustGoga Medi, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Ternetar MelaSeptemberSaurashtra, Gujrat
Bandra FairSeptemberMumbai
Karni Mata FairSeptemberDeshnok, Bikaner, Rajasthan
RamlilaSeptemberRamnagar, Uttar Pradesh
Ravechi FairSeptemberGujarat
Kapil Muni FairOctoberKolayat, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Sri Vithappa FairOctoberVithappa, Karnataka
Jhiri MelaOctoberKashmir
Sonepur MelaNovemberBihar
PUSHKAR FAIRNovemberPUSHKAR, RAJASTHAN
Patna Book Fair or Patna Pushtak MelaNovemberGandhi Maidan, Patna, Bihar
Yellamma Devi FairNovemberSaundatti, Belgaum, Karnataka
Somnath FairNovemberGujarat
Kartik Poornima fairNovemberGujarat
Shamlaji FairNovemberGujarat
Vautha FairNovemberGujarat
GangaGangasagar Mela, Bengalsagar MelaDecemberBengal
Vishnupur MelaDecember
THE GOA CARNIVALDecemberGoa
Shilpgram Crafts MelaDecemberUdaipur, Rajasthan
Poush MelaDecemberBirbhum, West Bengal
Haldia UtsavDecemberHaldia, West Bengal, India.
Chennai Book Fair or Madras Book FairDecemberChennai, India
Shaheedi Jor MelaDecemberPunjab
groundnut fairDecemberBangalore
Kumbh MelaHaridwar, Allahabad (Prayaga), Nashik and Ujjain
Sati Pradha MelaDhami, North India
Ambubasi FairGuwahati, Assam