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Festivals of Jharkhand
 
Barura Sharif (March/April)
The traditional history of Jharkhand tells the story of a famous Sufi Saint who came and visited Jharkhand in the latter half of the 18th century. This renowned saint, Data Amir Ali Shah was highly respected by all because of the influence and impact he had on the mass by the virtue of his simplicity, love, humanity, purity and miracles. His shrine is located at the Barura Sharif, on the banks of the river Sat Bahini in Pratappur in Jharkhand. He is respected and all people, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, just the way he served humanity without looking into their caste, creed or religion. The shrine at Barura Sharif is located only 12 kilometers from Pratappur and presents a quiet and picturesque sight.
 
Bhadli Mela Itkhori
There is an ancient temple of Goddess Kali and lord Shiva. The origin of the mela is not known. It is only religious gathering on Makar Sankaranti.
 
Kolhaiya Mela Chatra (November/December)
The Kolhaiya Mela, like other cattle fairs in Jharkhand originated much earlier, around the year 1925, way back before independence and much before Jharkhand was an established state. Till date the fair is held in the Hindu month of Maagh and mainly on Maagh Basant Panchami.
 
Kunda Mela Pratappur (February)
Kunda Mela is one of the main cattle fairs of Jharkhand and it is held in Chatra district at the time of Phalgun Shivratri. Kunda Mela is mainly organized for cattle trade in Pratappur. The popularity of the fair can be judged by its magnanimous kinds, as large number of people trek through mammoth distances to witness this largest cattle fair of Jharkhand.
 
Lawalong Mela
The probable year of its origin is 1880. It is held at the time of Aghan purnima and is one of the biggest cattle fair of this district.
 
Kolhua Mela Hunterganj (January)
The probable year of origin is 1925. It is held on Magh Basant Panchami and is principally a cattle fair.
 
Chatra Mela (October)
This mela is said to have started from 1882 and is principally a cattle fair held during Durga Puja.
 
Belgada Mela Simaria (April)
The probable year of its origin is 1920 and this is principally a cattle fair held in Baisakh Purnima.
 
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'.
 
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’.
 
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'.
 
Kundri Mela (October/November)
Kundri Mela held in Jharkhand is one of the very popular cattle fairs in the state. As a state, fairs and festivals are not new to Jharkhand. There are numerous fairs and festivals celebrated in Jharkhand throughout the year in nearly every season.
 
 
 
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