Himachal Pradesh unveils event festival calendar for the year 2023

Entertainment | January 19, 2023 | News

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Festivals play a major role in the development of tourism, therefore to promote culture and attract tourism Himachal Pradesh unveiled their event festival calendar, where they listed all the upcoming festivals being held this year.

Nurtured by centuries of tradition, warm and hospitable people of Himachal Pradesh celebrates life by hosting a variety of fairs and festivals to honour gods and goddesses. These social gatherings is a display of the local culture where trade, religion, sport, celebrations has a visiting tourist happily partake in these festivities.

Below is the Event Festival calendar for 2023: 

January
Manali Winter Carnival: Winter Carnival of Manali was first celebrated in 1977 when it was started to promote the winter games and local culture. Organisers used to conduct skiing competitions at Solang slopes but changes in weather and no snowfall during this time is forcing them to cancel the event for last many years.

February
Halda: Halda is a festival of lights celebrated in Magha Poornima. On this auspicious occasion, twigs and branches of Juniper tree are tied together and used as a torch. In the evening, every household lights this torch and the people gather at a common location in the village.

March
Navratri Fair: Navratri Festival is also a time of social gathering in Himachal Pradesh. During this festival, people of Himachal Pradesh visit their relatives and friends and have enjoyable time together. Fairs are organized in various temple premises of Himachal Pradesh during Navratri.

April
Baisakhi: Held on the threshold of summer, Baisakhi abides by the solar calendar and falls on April 13. Many village fairs are held where wrestling, dancing, archery competitions are conducted on this day.

May
Dhoongri fair: Doongri Festival is celebrated at Hadimba Temple. This ancient temple is fundamentally a four-tiered Pagoda with a facade of wooden carvings all around. The major aim of celebrating this event is the birthday of Hadimba Devi.

June
Shoolini Festival: Celebrated in the honor of Goddess Shoolini commemorates the three days visit of the Goddess Shoolini Devi to her elder sister. The citizens of Solan as well as the devotees alight here from neighbouring regions congregate at the Shoolini Devi Temple.

July
Minjar Mela: Minjar is the most popular fair of Chamba which is attended by a large number of people from all over the country. This mela is held on the second Sunday of the Shravana month. The fair is announced by distribution of Minjar which is a silk tassel worn on some parts of the dress by men and women alike.

August
La Darcha Festival: The La Darcha Fair offers a glimpse into the undiscovered and unspoiled culture, artifacts, handicrafts and a myriad of other exquisite goods produced in these regions.

September
Manimahesh Yatra: Every year, on the eighth day of the light half of the moon in the month of Bhadon, a fair is held at this lake, which attracts thousands of pilgrims who assemble here to take a dip in the holy water. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this fair / jatra. 

October
Kullu Dussehra: Kullu Dussehra is the renowned International Mega Dussehra festival observed in the month of October. Wherein more than 4-5 lakh people visit the fair from all across the Globe. It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley.

November
Renuka Fair: The International Renuka Ji Fair celebrated every year in the first fortnight of November. It is five days fair. Thousands of devotees gather here every year to worship their beloved gods and goddesses. The fair brings in lots of positive vibes and relaxation to the localities here.

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Nurtured by centuries of tradition, warm and hospitable people of Himachal Pradesh celebrate life by hosting a variety of fairs and festivals to honor gods and goddesses.

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