(Last Updated on : 29/11/2013)
Fairs of Nainital district
represents the vibrant culture of the place that have accumulated in the lives of people dwelling in the district. Diverse traditions, rituals and customs in the district have led to the evolution of different fairs and festivals in the district. People belonging to different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities participate in these events with equal vigour and add to the gaiety and spirit of the festivals. Grand fairs organized during different festivals also contribute in the economy of the district through trading of different artefacts. Fairs of Nainital district also allure tourists from distant regions to explore the cultural ethos of the place.
After harvesting season people of Nainital District mostly engage in amusement. And thus a festival is generated and with that the fairs are organised. At the transition of sun from one constellation to another Sankranti is observed. Each Sankranti
has a fair or festival connected with Kumoun. Fooldeyi, Bikhauti, Harela, Ghee Sankranti, Khatarua, Uttaraini are the mostly observed Sankranti throughout the region. Fairs are organised on these occasions on certain places.
Chhota Kailash Fair
Chhota Kailash fair is an annual fair organized during the occasion of Shivaratri in the month of February. This religious fair showcases the vibrant culture and tradition of this region. During Shivaratri
a number of people visit Chhota Kailash.
Hariyali Devi Fair
Hariyali Devi Fair is another grand fair held during the occasion of Harela in the district, in the month of July. The celebration marks the new season of corp.
Nanda Devi Fair
fair is organized in the district every year in the month of September. Various cultural programs are also organized during the fair by different non government organizations and the local government. Numerous students of local schools and colleges participate in the cultural programs of the fair.
Sharadotsav Fair, also known as winter fair, is held in Nainital
during the month of October. Cultural programs organized in the fair include various folk dances and folk arts. The fair attracts a plethora of tourists from across the world, who visits the place to experience the wondrous culture and traditions of the district.
Ranibagh Fair is organized at Ranibagh which is located at about 30 kilometres from Nainital on the occasion of Uttarayani every year. The fair is religiously quite significant.