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Fairs And Festivals

The Harvest festival (in April) of Baisakhi in Haryana is an experience of a lifetime. Both in Haryana and Punjab, farmers start harvesting with great triumph. It is one of the liveliest celebrations and involves dance, music and feasting.

Haryana celebrates Lohri with deep religious passion. It is celebrated on the 13th of January every year. The temperature at this time drops to an all time low and the air freezing cold. Bonfires are made into which sugarcane, dried up rice, sesame seeds and monkey nuts are put as offerings into the fire and the blessings of the goddess of Lohri are call upon.

The Surajkund Crafts Mela is the largest crafts fair in India and is celebrated in the month of February for fifteen days. Every year thousands of craftsmen come from all over the country to show and sell their wares. Cultural programmes are organised during the festival every day.

In the rural parts of Haryana, the festival of Sanjhi is celebrated in the month of October. ‘Sanjhi’ is the name given to the image of the mother goddess Durga as considered by the women of rural Haryana.

The most picturesque festival is the Teej festival, celebrated with the onset of the monsoon. This is the time when the harsh summer heat is cooled by welcome showers. In Haryana, it is seen as a rejuvenation of life-in leaves, in grass, in man. Women walk around with hennaed hands wearing glass bangles and colorful dresses and they fast during this time for the long life of their husbands.

A modern day celebration in Haryana is the Vintage Car Rally. An event organized by the owners of a newspaper ‘the Statesman’. It is a day of shining brass, tooting horns, time costumes and happy smiles. The Sohna Hill climb is the test for the old models. A perfect path dotted with delightful tourist facilities.

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