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HARYANA

Haryana is a state in north India. Neighbouring states are Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the north, Rajasthan to the west and south. The river Yamuna acts as the eastern boundary between Haryana and the states of Uttaranchal & Uttar Pradesh. Seasonal rivers like Ghaggar River, Markanda, Tangri, Sahibi etc pass through the state.Haryana has four main geographical features-Shivalik Hills, Yamuna - Ghaggar (Saraswati) plain, Semi-desert sandy plain and Aravalli Range.(Wikipedia)

Festivals of Haryana

Surajkund Crafts Mela in haryana

SURAJKUND CRAFTS MELA

Time: February

Duration: Fifteen days

Location: Surajkund, Haryana

Description:

The Surajkund mela launched in 1981, celebrates the vibrant culture of India. The fair is celebrated from February 1st to 15th every year. The fair was initially launched by Haryana Tourism to act as a platform for the artists to share their art with the common man and where cultural events could take place on a national level. But now it has gained international recognition and people come here at Surajkund to witness this gala event from all across the world.

The finest handlooms and handicrafts of the country can be found at this fair. The highlight of this mela is that the best craft products from all across the states of India are displayed at a single place. The ambience of the fair is based on rural theme. The fair also provides a meeting ground for the talented painters, weavers, sculptors and craftsmen form all over India. Besides shopping the finest crafts available one can also witness beautiful, colourful folk dances and also savour delicacies of various states of India. The village ambience at Surajkund Mela not only facilitates city-dwellers to get a taste of village life but it also helps the artisans to gain access to national and international buyers. Surajkund Crafts Mela is one colorful festival where you can witness the various shades of India as well as possess small portions of the country through the wares displayed. This is one Indian festival that should not be missed.

Teej festival in Haryana

TEEJ

Time: July- August

Duration: One day

Location: Haryana

Description:

Teej festival is i held during monsoon season, July -August every year. This festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. During this time married women pray for a happy an long married life. The festival marks the beginning of rainy season.The swings are covered with flowers and hung from trees. The festivity involves singing and dancing in praise of Goddess Parvati, for her devotion to her husband Lord Shiva. Newly married girls return to their parents home for the festival.

A fair is organized during this festival called Teej Mela where women dance and pamper themselves by buying bangles, bind is,bead necklaces and getting photographs taken. The women are dressed up in best of their clothes,finery and jewellery. According to Hindu Mythology, on the 3rd day (teej) after the new moon in the month of Shriven, Goddess Parvati went back to Lord Shiva's home, and was united with him. This day is celebrated as Teej all over India. The most colorful fair is organized at Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan. Impressive processions led by decorated elephants, camels and horses are taken out which create a spectacular sight. Teej fast is widely popular in the northern region of India ranging from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar to Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

Lohri festival in haryana

LOHRI

Time: January

Duration: One day

Location: Punjab and Haryana

Description:

Lohri is a bonfire festival and is celebrated on 13th of January every year. This festival is celebrated to mark the journey of the sun towards north. This festival is celebrated with lots of zeal and enthusiasm. families where a child is born or there has been a marriage celebrate this festival with more enthusiasm.

The festival of Lohri marks the end of winter and the coming of spring and the new year. During this festival people are relieved from day to day routine so that they can relax, be happy and cheerful. On this day, people from all castes and social circle come together forgetting all the all grievances. Apart from this, Lohri is also related to harvest season."Lohri is symbolic of ripening of the crops and of copious harvest". Lohri is celebrated with much exuberance in Punjab and Haryana where people sing and dance sitting around the fire. The people make offerings which mainly consists of til (gingelly), gajak (a hardened bar of peanuts in jaggery or sugar syrup) , gur (jaggery) , moongphali (peanuts) , and phuliya (popcorn). They take parikrama ( going round the fire), and distribute sweets and offerings. This symbolizes prayer to fire, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.

Lohri is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for marriages and getting into new ventures. It is a special occasion for newly weds and new born's. Lohri is a grand event of social and cultural integration, bringing about unity, amity, harmony among all castes and communities.

Baisakhi Festival in Haryana

BAISAKHI

Time: April

Duration: One day

Location: Punjab and Haryana

Description:

Baisakhi ( also known as Vaisakhi) is a harvest festival and is celebrated on 13th day of April according to solar calender.It is considered to be the new year's day in Punjab. This festival is celebrated in North India, particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana. The sikhs celebrate this festival as the birthday of their tenth Sikh Guru , Guru Gobind Singh who founded the Khalsa(the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699.

People visit gurudwara(sikh temples), sing and listen to kirtans( religious songs). On these occasions, men and women wear colored clothes and traditional jewellery.Processions are taken out along with bands playing religious tunes to add more vibrance in the atmosphere. Men do the traditional Bhangra dance with full vigor along with singing. Women too, break into a revelry of dances, particularly Gidda dance with full fervor. Village people relax for the last day before beginning the harvesting of corn.