Fairs and Festivals in Amritsar
The vibrant tradition and culture of Amritsar is reflected in the fairs and festivals of the city. So, it is a good idea to visit the place during the festival season to enjoy the real flavour of Amritsar. Few of the most imp festivals of the city are listed below:
Baisakhi is a the most imp festival in Amritsar. And this festival is celebrated in the moth of April Baisakhi is celebrated with much enthusiasm, mostly among the Sikh community . The Punjabi folk song and folk dance, Bhangra, is performed by the local people in the city Baisakhi has the great religious importance. Baisakhi has special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa.In Baisakhi Fairs by the numerous stalls selling bangles, toys, local handicrafts and other trinkets of domestic use. Food stalls are also a major crowd-puller in a Baisakhi Mela. It is considered as a very auspicious festival in Amritsar because it is the sacred day when Guru Gobind Singhji established the Khalsa Panth. This is the time when harvested crops are gathered in and the farmers exult in the fulfillment of their year's hard work.
Basant Panchami is a very popular festival in the city of Amritsar . The prime attraction of this occasion of Basant Panchami is the fair at Chheharta Sahib Gurudwara of Amritsar. Basant Panchami sometimes referred to as Saraswati Puja, or the Festival of Kites The Goddess Saraswati is worshipped and the day is treated by celebrants as Saraswati's birthday Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year On this sacred festival Langar is arranged for the devotees arriving at the Gurdwara. people of all religions, castes and creeds come to Amritsar to celebrate the Basant Panchami. Kite flying play on this day is very enjoyable and the sky is covered in the huge colorful kites . This festival usually falls in the month of January or February . This festival is celebrated by all religion and on this day the yellow color is consider lucky very much.
Lohri is an extremely popular festival celebrated by the Punjabi people and it is the main Punjabi festival that is celebrated in the entire North Indian. After harvesting of the Rabi crops the festival is held on the 13th of January every year. It is very essential for the newly married couples to take part in the first Lohri festival after their wedding. This festival is celebrated in various part of India Traditional dances and songs are being performed in Lohri. Lohri night is meant to be the longest night of the year and on the day after Lohri, day light is meant to increase. The day after Lohri is celebrated as Makar Sankranti when the days are meant to start getting longer. Punjabi farmers see the day after Lohri as the financial new year. It is a very important day. People in huge groups gather in a large open field around the Bonfire. To this very unique festival the sweets are equally unique like Revadi sweets, gur, are consumed as the sacred Prasad of Lohri. Sarson da saag and makki di roti is usually served as the main course at a Lohri dinner.and one more thing of this festival is tht it also referred with different names, such as Makar-Sankranti in north India, Pongal in Tamilnadu, Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihu in Assam and Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh.
Guru purab is a major festival of Punjab which is followed in two different times of the year. The first one is observed in the month of November whereas the second one is organized in the January month. The first Guru purab celebrated across the length and breadth of Punjab, is followed by the people of Amritsar too. In November, two days are decided upon to celebrate the festival of Guru purab in which the holy sermons of Guru Nanak are remembered in Amritsar. During these two days, Japji Sahib and Granth Sahib, the sacred religious scriptures of Sikhism are read by without any gap. Also, the Sikh devotees visit the various Gurudwaras of Amritsar to pay respect to the Sikh Gurus. A gurpurb in Sikh tradition is a celebration of an anniversary related to the lives of the Sikh gurus. And on the other hand inthe month of January Sikhs celebrate the Guru purab festival in order to pay respect to Guru gobind Singh who took birth on this auspicious day . Both the Guru purabs are followed with much energy . The word “Gurpurab” came into existence. Gur in this means "Guru" and Purab came from the Sanskrit word parva, which means festival or celebration.
Ram Tirath Fair
Ram Tirath Fair is regarded as an important religious event of Amritsar and this fair is held at a place called Ram Tirath which is situated at a distance of 11 km from Amritsar. This four to five day long annual fair, held on the full moon day in the month of November . During the fair, pilgrims visit the temple in the early morning of the Puranmashi (full moon night) and take a bathe in the sacred tank which is believed to have been dug by Hanuman. After that they circumambulate the thirty feet wide tank with the chanting mantras 'Ram Ram' The past of Ram Tirath, the place was once used by Devi Sita who was the wife of Lord Rama. During her exile Sita spent her days in a hut in Ram Tirath and gave birth to Lav and Kush in this place only . During the five days of the Ram Tirath Fair which takes place after two weeks of Diwali, the women of Amritsar make lamps of flour . The The fair at Ram Tirath is attended by women of Amritsar in huge numbers as it is said that by visiting this Fair the childless females get the blessings of the Sikh Masters and become capable of giving birth to healthy child. A large number of jatadhari (long –haired) sadhus also attend the fair and would be siting in meditation. One of the most major festival in Amritsar is the Ram Tirath Fair. It is organised at Ram Tirath temple, and continues for five days This festival takes place two weeks after Diwali . People come from far wide to Amritsar to celebrate this festival with lot of fun . and a wide variety of activities and cultural programs happen in this festival.