Uttar Pradesh is a land of fairs and festivals. The state boasts of people from vivid caste, creed, culture and religious backgrounds. Therefore it is but natural that the state is home to a number of fairs and festivals. These include major as well as minor festive. Some of the notable festivals are Lucknow Mahotsava, Safai Festival, Yoga Festival and Kabob Festivals. They are organized in Lucknow, Safai and Benaras respectively. Following are some of the major festivals and fairs that are celebrated in Uttar Pradesh.
Bateshwar is a dusty town situated nearly 70 kilometers from downtown
Agra. An otherwise sleepy town, Bateswar, an important spiritual and
cultural center, comes to life in the month of November every year. It
is when the annual cattle fair is held here. This enormous cattle fair
is held at the banks of Yamuna in the 'Kartik' month of Hindu calendar.
Nevertheless, the fair is not the only draw for the tourists.
Ganga Mahotsava, Varanasi
Ganges has always been the not only the lifeline of India but also the
felicitator and nourishment of the Indian Civilization. The river
Ganges, though, considered a thing of reverence by the Hindus has in the
course of history defined the psyche of the Indian society as a whole,
irrespective of religion. It not only nourishes the population that
lives by its kingdom but also give them a sense of separate identity and
Janmashtmi Fair, Mathura
Janmashtmi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India as
well as Uttar Pradesh. Although the festival is celebrated all over the
Uttar Pradesh but it is the celebrations in the Mathura zone that has a
special significance in this festival. The twin cities of Mathura and
Vrindavan celebrate the festival of Janmashtmi with great pomp and show.
Maha Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh, Allahabad
The Kumbh Mela is generally held every three years in rotation at
Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. Kumbh Mela is organized in the
month of Magh according to the traditional calendar, which when
converted to Gregorian turns to be Feb-March. The most important among
these is the one celebrated at Allahabad. Due to the rotation system,
the Kumbha Mela comes to Allahabad every 12 Years.
Ramlila, plainly speaking, is a stage representation of the famous
Hindu Epic Ramayana. The Ramayana is based on the life, times and values
of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is called the Maryada Purushottam or the 'The
best among the dignified'. The story of Lord Rama and his comrades is so
popular in India that it has actually amalgamated the psyche of the
Indian mainstream irrespective of their religion.
Sardhana Christian Fair, Meerut
Every year on the 1st Sunday of the month of November a large feast is
held in honor of Mother Mary. Devotes and history lovers gather in a
large numbers to see not only the wonderful shrine but also the fine
palaces built in Italian style around the church by Begum Samru. The
festival is marked by an Indian style Carnival that has become very
popular in recent years. There are lots of traditional performances too
Latthmar Holi Mathura
During spring, Holi, the festival of colors is celebrated all over
India. Holi is a time to make merry. People smear each other with
colored powdered and water colors. Singing and dancing add to the gaiety
of the occasion. The Holi celebrations in Mathura, the birthplace of
Lord Krishna is spectacular. The Rang Gulal Festival is celebrated for a
week with exuberant processions, songs and music.
The Taj Mahotsava is another very popular festive in India. Taj
Mahotsava that is held annually at Agra is a colorful display of the
Arts, Crafts, Culture and Cuisine of the Braj area. Organized by UP
Tourism and held as an annual event at the Shilpgram, Taj Mahotsava is a
fitting tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsmen of Uttar
Yoga Festival at Varanasi &
The importance of Yoga is unparalleled in the Indian civilization. This
art of meditation and alternative medication has heavily influenced the
India and world. The path of yoga is considered to be a perfect way to
find peace of mind and solace without corrupting the soul. The movement
got popular in the west as a counter-revolution to the Hippie movement.