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Festivals of Haryana
Lohri (January)
Lohri, is celebrated every year on 13th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan. First Lohri is very important for the newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night, people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice & popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs.
Basant Panchami (January)
Vasant Panchami, also spelt as Basant Panchami, or Saraswati Puja is a festival that represents the arrival of Vasant Ritu (Spring Season). On this day, Mata Saraswati is worshipped. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the month Magh (Magha masa Shukla Panchami). Vasanta Panchami is also called as ‘Shree Panchami’ or ‘Saraswati Panchami’.
Baisakhi (April)
Baisakhi Festival falls on April 13th or April 14th and marks the beginning of the solar year. People of North India, particularly Punjab thank God for good harvest. Visit to Gurudwaras, Vaisakhi processions and traditional performances are the highlights of the day. Baisakhi has special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa.
Diwali (November)
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in Nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
Dussehra (October)
Dussehra falling on the last day of Navaratri or Durga puja arrives in the month of October. Dussehra literally means that which takes away ten sins. This Hindu festival is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. Dussehra symbolises 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.
Holi (March)
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
Gugga Naumi (August/September)
Gugga Naumi, celebrated in Haryana and Punjab, is a festival associated with snake-worship. It is held in honor of Gugga Pir and generally falls in the lunar month of Bhadon (January-September). On this day, the devotees of Gugga Pir paint his image on the wall in turmeric. They also paint the image of snakes in black color. Milk and butter milk are poured into the holes of the snake. The main sweet dish prepared during this festival is sevian.
Navratras (October)
Navaratri or Navaratra is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit: Nav = nine and Ratri = nights. It is celebrated during the period of Sarad Masi Aswin by Hindu lunar calendar, all eight days and nine nights have its importance and is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.
Bathing at Sohna
Sohna is famous for its hot springs, which have medicinal qualities, several thousand people assemble at Sohna on Somwati Amawas to bathe in sulphur springs. The crowd would be small if the festival happens to fall during harvest-time.
Kurukshetra Festival (December)
The festival in Kurushetra, Haryana coincides with the Gita Jayanti, signifying the birth of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. A visit to Kurukshetra during the festival is an exhilarating and spiritual experience. Bhagavat Gita, the holy book of the Hindus. Bhagavat Gita comprises the basic truths and declares that whatever way of life, whatever mode of worship man has and shall adopt, so long as it is guided by an earnest desire for betterment, they are to be deemed worthy of recognition and respect.
Pinjore Heritage Festival (December)
It is situated 20 kilometers from Chandigarh. Pinjore is famous for its gardens which is a beautiful example of the terraced gardens of the Mughals. The Pinjore Gardens lie on the Ambala Simla road, near Kalka. It is planned by a Fidai Khan in the region of Jehangir. At present the garden belongs to Haryana to whose share it came, in 1966 at the time of formation of the state. Haryana government has spent considerable sum of money on the improvement of the garden and buildings. The results has been quite breathtaking.
Festival of Gardens (February)
The biggest rose show in the country, also known as 'Rose Festival' is celebrated in the last week of February. Zakir Rose garden, the venue of the Rose festival, displays huge varieties of roses. The festival includes flower shows, performances of music and dance; both classical and folk, exhibitions by local artists, photographers and craftsman.
Teej Festival (July/August)
According to Hindu mythology, on the 3rd day (Teej) after the new moon in the month of Shravan Goddess Parvati went to the house of lord Shiva, her husband and was united with him. Teej is celebrated in India especially by women in the months of July-August marking the advent of monsoons. It has great significance in Rajasthan as it is observed to provide relief from the scorching heat of summer. Thus, it is popularly called the Sawan Festival.
Pinjore Heritage Festival (October)
The Pinjore Heritage Festival is held every year at Pinjore Haryana. The Fair is an opportunity developed by the government to showcase and highlight the town of Pinjore with its rich heritage, gardens and potential of great tourism. Pinjore is an ancient town developed in Vedic times and is extremely famous for its exotic gardens and tourist attraction.
Geeta Jayanti Samaroh (November/December)
The Geeta Jayanti Samaroh which takes place in the holy land of Kurukshetra in Haryana is a special festival dedicated to the birth of Srimad Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus. This festival is celebrated amid huge fanfare and respect. This festival is very sacred to Hindus and is thus celebrated with immense devotion.
Surajkund Crafts Mela (February)
The Surajkund Crafts Mela is held every year in the month of February in Haryana. The festival is also popular amongst the residents of Delhi. It was held for the first time in the year 1981. Surajkund Crafts Mela acts as a platform for displaying folk arts and crafts from all over the nation. Suraj Kund Handicrafts Fair is a unique opportunity for the talented artists, weavers, painters, sculptors and craftsmen from different regions of India, to display their skill.
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