The festival of Teej is an important festival of Sirsa district and is observed in the month of 'Sawan', which falls from the months of July to August. The festivities continue till another grand festival named Gangor arrives.
Kartik Snan is mainly observed by the regional girls of Sirsa district and is held during 'Kartik' month, which falls during the months of October and continues till November. Girls worship Lord Krishna for an entire month, after taking bath in the village pond, at dawn. Thereafter, they go for their ritual 'Ganga Snan'. Legend states that Kartik Snan is associated to Lord Krishna, who had promised 'Gopis' that he would visit them during Kartik month. The girls also create an idol of 'Sanjhi' on the walls of their homes, with the aide of clay and adorn it with jewels and ornaments ten days prior to Dussehra. They then sing songs, appreciating Sanjhi, until her idol is immersed into the waters of the village pond during Dussehra with great honour.
This Puja is offered just after the festival of Diwali, wherein cowdung is collected in the courtyard of houses. Like Kartik Snan, even Goverdhan Pooja is connected to Lord Krishna.
Sankranti is celebrated in the month of 'Magh' which is arranged during January to February. Taking a bath in the morning, cleansing homes and offering gifts to the elders of the family form a significant part of this festival.
This festival is observed on the day immediately after Holi. People engage in playing with 'korda', water and colours during Phag. In Phag festival, the regional men throw colours and water on the womenfolk and are then chased by them. The women then tease the men by offering them pleasant beating. The festive fervour continues throughout the night.
The Gangor festival is celebrated during the months of March and April and is accompanied with some festivals and fairs. During Gangor, idols of Gangor and Ishar are ushered out in a grand procession. Songs are sung until the idols are immersed in water.
Mela Ram Dev
This is a special fair which is conducted at Ellenebad, Ludesar and Kagdana in the month of 'Magh' during the months of January till February. Mela Ram Dev is held in the honour of Ram Dev Ji Maharaj, who is believed to have been a saint belonging to the region of Runicha, located in the then State of Bikaner. The saint is a descendant of the Tanwar- Rajput clan.
Mela Sacha Sauda
Mela Sacha Sauda is conducted at Sirsa town on the first Sunday of every month at the areas of Jagmalwadi and Shahpur Begu. This great fair is celebrated in the memory of a 'fakir' named Shah Mastana who taught the moral virtues of justice and gratefulness to people.
Mela Baba Bhuman Shah
This fair is held at the regions of Gidranwali, Moujdin, Kuta Badh and Mangala and the time of celebration of this fair differs from one place to the other. Frequently, the fair coincides with the visit of Baba Bhuman Shah, who belongs to Kamboj community.
Hola is yet another socio-religious fair which is observed at Jeewan Nagar during the month of March to April. People belonging to the Namdhari sect celebrate Hola and weddings amongst this sect are arranged during Hola.
The Baisakhi Fair is arranged with gaiety on 13th April, in the month of 'Baisakh'. On the day of celebration of this fair, another fair known as Mela Baba Boota Singh is also observed to commemorate the Baba.
This is a grand fair which is celebrated at Panihari during August till September, to honour a Muslim saint called Shah-Bu-Shah. The regional inhabitants of Sirsa district worship the Samadhi of this Indian saint during this occasion.
Gugga Fair is observed at the region of Chautala on Bhadon Badi which is observed during the month of August to September.
(Last Updated on : 11-11-2013)
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