(Last Updated on : 03-04-2014)
Ghazipur District has a rich cultural heritage and it is also known for its bravery and spiritual glory. Culture of Ghazipur District including its music and dances is quite similar with that of Bihar
. Dhobia and Purbi Nautanki are very famous folk dances of Ghazipur District. Ghazipur is the native land of several renowned musicians. Among the communal dances Phari or Pharia is organized at the time of marriages and other occasions. This district of Uttar Pradesh is known for producing dancers of national repute. Among the rural folk, recitation of stories and legends and singing are very common. Performances like Nataks and Nautanki
, Bhajan Kirtan, recitation from Ramayana
and other religious stories, etc. constitute the vibrant and colourful culture of Ghazipur District.
As Ghazipur District is the main centre of Ganga-Jamuni culture from its past, so festivals of all religions are celebrated in this district. Raksha Bandhan
, Ganga Dussehra, Nag Panchami, Makar Sankranti
, Ganesh Chaturthi
, Vijaya Dashami, Diwali
, Kartik Purnima, Vasant Panchami
, Id Ul Fitr
, Id Ul Zuha
, Barawafat and Shab-e-Barat are the main festivals celebrated here. Buddha Jayanti, Mahavir Jayanti, Guru Nanak Jayanti are also celebrated. Ghazipur District also reflects a touch of rural culture so many local level festivals and fairs are celebrated with full enthusiasm and joy.
In Ghazipur District near about 32 big and small fairs are held annually. Celebrations of most of the festivals are accompanied by local fairs as well. Of these the Dhanush Yagya fair is a prominent fair of this district held at village Katghara in Saidpur. Ramlila
fair is another important one. Govind Dashami fair at Jafarpur, Navratri Fair, Trimohini fair at Jalapur and Goril Baba fair are also considered prominent. Fair at Jamdagni Rishi Ashram is also very popular. Large numbers of devotees come here on the occasion of Kartik Purnima and Makar Sankranti every year. Mauni Baba fair at Chochakpur holds tremendous significance. It is held at the temple of Mauni Baba that is situated on the banks of Ganga River
in Chochakpur just 17 kms from district headquarters at Ghazipur
and a large number of devotees assembles on the day of Kartik Purnima.