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Fairs or Melas
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Pushkar Mela
Fairs or MelasMelas or Fairs are extremely popular not just in India but all over the world. Mela serves a very important role as most of the festivals are celebrated in individual homes. Melas that are normally celebrated for a week to over a month help to bring the community together and share greetings. For community residing outside India, Mela is a means to bond with cultural roots and acquaint children to the rich Indian culture and heritage.

Melas are definitely a means to let people enhance the feeling of harmony and brotherhood in the society. However, Melas hold much greater importance for Hindus living outside India. For them, it is the only means to enjoy and help their children adapt to the tradition of the glorious Indian festival. Indians living outside India also use the occasion to showcase Indian traditions and values in the country of their residence. At several places Melas are organized for a cause and proceeds of the fair are given to charity.

The varied fairs of India add color and integrity to this beautiful land of culture. Fairs are the focal point of socio-economic activities and attract people from far and near. Fairs are ideal for land negotiations, trade and marriage meetings, etc.

The Fairs in India celebrated showcase the resplendence of its arts and crafts tradition. Whereas the Crafts Mela celebrates the finest handlooms and handicrafts traditions of country, the Kartik Cultural Festival was planned with the express view of promoting fort ambience, martial arts and the rich repertoire of both classical Indian music and dance, matching it with an equally rich variety of folk theatre. The festival had given new life to dying folk arts, martial arts and worked to bring traditional folk dances and music to the national stage.

Nagaur fair is a major camel & cattle trading fair held in Nagaur, Rajasthan. This is a trading event with cattle & camels being sold or bought. The campfire evenings are an extremely exciting component. Traditionally, women do not participate. Another famous fair is the Pushkar Mela. Pushkar is a holy place situated near Ajmer in Rajasthan. It is the only place were the temple of lord Bramha is situated. The largest camel-trading fair in the world is held in Rajasthan. Women participate in the religious festivities associated with this event, praying at India`s sole temple dedicated to the god Brahma and taking a holy dip in the waters of the Pushkar Lake. Trades, parades and race competitions are held for the camels, horses and cows. The Hindus actively participate in the Kumbh Mela held once in every three years either on the banks of river Godavari in Nasik, Shipra in Ujjain, Ganges in Haridwar or at the confluence of the three sacred rivers namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad. This auspicious fair of the Purna or Maha Kumbh is celebrated once in every twelve years at Allahabad. The delightful Hindu festival of Dusshera also sees several fairs where people participate with much zest and enthusiasm.

Vautha mela is considered to be one of the largest fairs in Gujarat. This is the only major animal trading fair in Gujarat, and certainly on a par with the famous camel fair at Pushkar in Rajasthan. Tarnetar Fair is known as The Trinetreshwer Mahadev fair. This Fair is one of the most colourful events in the state of Gujarat. Sarkhej fair is the most important Muslim fair.It is also known as the Shah Ahmed Khaltu Fair, It is held at Sarkhej on the southern outskirts of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Among the 175 fairs held in Gujarat, this fair is of most significance for the Muslims. It is held in the vicinity of the mausoleum of Shah Ahmed Khaltu Gunj Baksh, a saint. People from various places attend this fair. Approximately 25000 to 30000 people attend this fair.

The Shamlaji Fair also popularly known as the Kartik Purnima Fair and is held during the month of November, every year. It lasts for about two weeks. People from Rajasthan and the adjoining districts visit the fair. On every Amavasya, Khajuraho fair is held where people purchase various kinds of consumer items. Various entertainment programs are carried out during these days It includes tribal dances and puppet shows. This festival of music and dance is the most important cultural event of India. People take holy dip in the tank and worship at the Matangeshwar temple. The Khajuraho Dance Festival that is held in open-air theatre every year during March has renowned classical dancers perform every evening for a week.

As the name Bhadra purnima symbolizes, Bhadra is a Hindu month and purnima means full moon day. There is a large fair on this occasion were agriculturist go in large numbers. It is one of the most important festivals of the year. This festival is held at Ambaji, which is situated at the foothills of the Aravali mountain range.

The Bhavnath Mahadev Fair held at Junagadh; the Dangs Darbar annual fair held in Ahwa every year, Kuchh Utsav in Gujarat and the Chitra-Vichitra Fair linked to the days of the Mahabharata are some other fairs celebrated in India. The major participants of the Chitra-Vichitra Fair are the Bhils using various modes of transport.

Melas have become hugely popular these days and are enjoyed with great enthusiasm in India. Cultural programmes including magic and puppet shows are organized by professional artists and children to regale the crowd. Games and other fun-filled activities for children and grownups are usually a part of all Melas. Besides, stalls of Indian handicrafts and other trinkets are also set up to let people go on a little shopping spree. Eatables of all sorts and the customary fireworks are undoubtedly a part of Melas. Joyful competitions are also organized to increase public participation.
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