These fairs provide a glimpse of the diverse culture and indigenous traditions of the local people. Some of these fairs also have commercial significance. Fairs in Shimla District draw the attention of the devotees from various places. Details of some of the main fairs of this district of Himachal Pradesh are given below -
Bharara Fair: This fair is held in village Bharara near Kumarsain and people of all castes and creed participate in this fair. The fair is held on the 1st of Jyestha (May). The fair is cultural and recreational and 'Natti' dances are performed. People also enjoy 'Hindola' ride.
Bhoj Fair: This fair is held in village Guman in Rohru tehsil in the month of November for three days in honour of Devta Bansor, Parasurama and Kilbaru. Devta Bansor is the presiding deity. Besides paying homage to the deities 'Natti' dances are performed by the people. The fair attracts a huge crowd.
Lavi Fair: Lavi fair of Rampur is the most important fair of the district and state. It is a commercial fair held on the 25th of Kartika (November). It is said that the fair was related to the signing of trade treaty between the erstwhile Bushahr state and Tibet. It is a very old fair and entirely related to the sale and purchase of goods. 'Natti' dances and cultural shows are the main attractions of this fair of Shimla District.
Mahasu Jatra: This fair is celebrated at a place about 6 kms from Shimla-Kotkhai road near Mahasu village on the 3rd Tuesday in the month of Baisakh (around May) for two days. The fair is very and is held in front of the Durga Devi temple by a large gathering from the neighbouring areas. 'Natti' dances and folk songs are performed. Archery game is the main attraction of entertainment.
Pathar-Ka-Khel-Halog Fair: This fair is held in village Halog of tehsil Shimla. Halog was the capital of erstwhile Dhami state. The fair is held on the second day of Diwali in the month of Kartika (November). Stone throwing fight between two parties is the main attraction of the fair and whatever blood oozes out from the wounds caused by injuries on the bodies of the participants is collected and offered to Goddess Kali. Apart from the stone throwing game 'hindola' ride is also enjoyed.
Sipi Fair: This fair is held every year in Mashobra on 1st of Jyestha. It is a very old fair and the Rana of Koti used to be the chief visitor. Thousands of people of the surrounding areas participate in the fair. Archery game is played besides several cultural programmes and shows like 'Karyala'. Performance of the jugglers, magicians and acrobats provide additional entertainment to the spectators.
Rohru Fair: This fair is held in Rohru on the 9th and 10th of Baisakh (April) on the banks of river Pabbar in honour of Devta Shikru. People of nearby villages also attend this fair. It is a very old fair and is held to commemorate the supremacy of the deity. This fair also has commercial significance. Performance of 'Natti' dances and other cultural activities are the main attractions of this fair.
These are some of the main fairs of Shimla District that are attended by huge number of people from distant places.
(Last Updated on : 07-05-2013)
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