Halda :-Beginning of New Year in Lahaul valley. Lamas fix the date of
festival, which is usually falls in the month of January.
Winter Carnival :-In the month of January and peaks season of skiers
this impressive festival celebrated with lot of fun at Manali(11 to 16
Lohri or Maghi :-The festival of Lohri is celebrates in the most areas
of Himachal Pradesh. This is the traditionally mid winter season and
also commemorate the last sowing of Ravi crop. Community bonfire,
dancing and folk songs mark the day.
Phagli :- Phagli is another important festival of the Lahaul valley.
Phagli nam Derived from the month of Phagun the last month of winter and
beginning of the spring season.
Makar Sankrati :- The festival of makar Sankrati is celebrated with
great fun and festivity at solan 48 km from Shimla on Kalka Shimla
Basant Panchmi :- Basant panchmi marks arrival of spring season in lower
part of state. The sky filled with colourful kites.
Baba Barbhag Singh Mela :- The festival of Baba Barbhag singh held at
Mairi in district in Una. In the month of februrary and dedicated to
sage Baba Barbhag Singh was renowed for his spritual powers .
Navratre :-The sacred days of navratre are absorved all over Himachal
Pradesh. These secred days dedicated to Mata Druga Devi .The temples of
chintpurni and Jawala mukhi are also major focus in these days.
Holi :- As celebrated most part of the country Holi is also celelibrated
in Himachal pradesh.The festival of colour and fun thousand of devotee
throng to holy shrine at Ponta Sahib in sirmour district situated on
bank of river Yamuna. Holi is also celebrated in Palampur and Sujaanpur.
Shivratri Fair :- Shivratri fair held in Mandi town in between February
and March every year. The fair of Shivratri goes about weak long, well
decorated hundreds of local Gods(Devta) and Goddess are participating in
international Shivratrit fair at Mandi town. First stop over of the
deities in Mahadev temple and then at Bhootnath Temple to pay their
homage to lord Shiva.The weak long festival celebrate with dance ,music
and dramas. Shiv ratri fair is also celebrated at Baijnath’s Shiva
temple in Kangra district.
Nalwari Fair :- This fair basically a cattle fair buying and selling
cattles done here. Local artist entretain the people on occasion of
nalwari fair. Wrestling matches also held here the fair is held in the
month of march.
Bala Sundri Fair :- The fair of Bala Sundri held in Trilokpur near Nahan
in Sirmour district at the temple of Goddes Bala sundri which was build
in 1573 by king Deep Prakash.
Baisakhi :- Held on the first day of baisakh month which falls on 13th
April according english calander .Baisakhi is another major festival of
Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with great ferbor and festivity .It bids
a final fairwell to the winter .people take purifing dips in water at
Tattapani. Near shimla and Rewalsar lake near Mandi.
Sui Fair :- Celebrated in Chamba Sui fair is another exciting and
funfield event .
Chait :- The Dancing and folk songs in kullu and chamba celebrade the
festival of chait the first month of lunar calander which falls in
Dhoogri Fair :- Pagoda shaped temple of goddes Hadibha Devi at Manali
host of dhoogri fair in the month of may .The colour full fair attended
by people of kullu valley and surrounding area.
IPSI Fair :- Just 10km from Shimla, Mashobra the host place of sipi fair
which held in the month of May every year... It is traditionally a time
for match making.
Hang gliding :- Hang gliding rally begen in Biling near Kangra ,summer
festival also celebrated in Dharamshala And river festival also commence
in the month of may in Kullu.
Solan Fair :- This fair is dedicated to goddess shilooni the town named
after it is the presiding deity of the region .The fair helf in the
second Sunday of the June month.
Ghantal Festival :- Full moon night in the month of june the ghantal
festival is celebrated in guru ghantal monastery in lauhaul
valley.Summer festivals held at dalhousie dharamshala and shimla are
memorable events cultural programmes add colour to summer season these
include folk dances ,sports tournament and flower shows.
Ladarcha Fair :- This fair held in Kaza the old trade route to Tibet and
central Asia Basicaly this event is a commercial festival. Where traders
come to sell their produce like wool, woollen cloths and dry fruit
etc.The Lahaul festival is also celebrate during this season.
Haryali Festival :- This festival announces the onset of the monsoon
rains. The other attraction of this month are buffalo fights which mark
the Sari fair at Arki.
Pauri Festival :- Pauri festival held at Udaipur in Lahaul valley. The
Trilokinath temple is the centre point of this festival. The temple is
secred to Hindus and Buddhists alike.
The Shrawan Fair :- This fair is held at holy shrine of Naina Devi 32 km
from swarghat in Bilaspur District.
Dal Fair :- In upper Dharamshala Dal lake host the Dal fair in the month
Manimahesh Yatra :- After celebrating Janamashtmi (the birthday of Lord
Krishna) the yatra begin to secred lake of Manimahesh in Chamba district
in the month of August.
Gugga Fair :- Gugga fair celebrated in Chamba,Simour and Bilaspur. This
event connected with the worship of Gugga the Nag devta.
Minjar Fair :- Chamba the land of charm and beauty celebrated the minjar
fair on the bank of river Ravi in month of August /september. The Minjar
Fair is held to please to Lord of rain -VARUN for timely rain in the
region for good harvest. Thousand of people of Chamba and surrounding
ares.Throng to the festival .It is time when lot of match making done.
Gaddi Fair:- Bharmour is the site for the Gaddi fair.Gaddies are nomadic
people and they celebrate this yearly event for the period of six days.
Navratre :- The sacred days of Navratre are absorved all over Himachal
Pradesh. These secred days dedicated to Mata Druga Devi . The temples of
Naina Devi, Brajeshwari, Chamunda, Chintpurni and Jawala mukhi are also
major focus in these days . A special millennium celebration.(28 sept-6
Phool Yatra :- Celebrated in pangi valley in Chamba district witness a
glories display of neighbourly affection and this occasion Dehant Nag is
Dussehra :- Largest of all Fair in Himachal Dushehra is celebrated with
great fervour and with festive mood. Dushehra is celebrate all over
India but it at has got its own significant at Kullu. It commemorate
when the Dushehra festival in other parts of country ends. It last for
seven days. The actual date of commencement of Dushehra festival is
decided by Hadimba Devi then after She bought to kullu in two days in a
procession where she is recived by former king of Kullu. Then the
ceremony begins. On the opening day the idol of Ragunathji kept on well
decorated chariot and attended by village Gods mounted in colorful
decorated planquins is pulled from its fixed place in dalpur ground to
the other corner of the ground by big ropes. The pulling of ropes is
regarded sacred by local people. Around 300 Gods(Devta) of different
villages arrive on the opening day and remains there for seven days. At
Dalpur ground. To pay there homage to Lord Ragunathji the chief deity of
the region. Trader from around the area came to festive to sell local
products. Every evening a culture programme is organized by kala kendra
at Dhalpur ground in which various artist from Russia, France and other
country to praticpate. The Tourist from all over the world visit
Himachal in the month of October specially to see Dushehra festival at
Kullu. (8-14 Oct)
Renuka Fair :- There are lot of lakes in Himachal Pradesh but Renuka is
the most beautiful. The famous Renuka fair celebrated at seared lake in
every year in the month of November .This fair is commemorate the
secrifies of mother Renuka .She was killed by her son Parsuram under the
order of his Rishi (saint) father Jamdagni.The fair celebrates the
immoratality of Renuka and her son.thousand of devotee throng to this
place to receive the blessing of their Gods and Goddess.It last for one
week in which folk dances and cultural programme organized . On the bank
of lake the temple of Parshu Ram and Renuka Devi are situated. An old
agreeable ceremony takes place when the celebrants exchange turbans or
caps even handful water to become brother and sisters in the name of
Lavi Fair :- On the bank of River Satluj 120 km from Shimla Rampur town
host of famous fair of Lavi which is held in the month of November .The
week long fair bring people from kinnaur ,kullu and adjoining area for
the trading of wool, woolen cloths, carpets and shawls as well as dry
fruits and horses are bartered and sold. The town was once a major enter
point on the old trade route to Kinnaur,Tibet , Ladakh and Afghanistan
.Even these day the tradition is as vibrant as ever.
Christmas:- Christmas celebration grip the Shimla and Dalhousie and as
church bells chime. The New Year eve is celebrated with great gaity in
Shimla and all Himachal once again prepares for another eventful year.
Ice-skating Carnival:-The Ice-Skating Carnival which held in Shimla in
the month of December (10-12 Dec).
International Himalayan Festival:- International Himalayan Festival is
held in Mcleodganj district Kangra (10-12 Dec).