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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most popular fairs and festivals in Jalandhar?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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Jalandhar is a secular state and the Punjabis love to celebrate. Hence, most Indian festivals are celebrated here in a rather grand and gallant fashion. Yet, there are a few festivals that Jalandhar waits eagerly for:

  • Harballabh Fair

The music scene in Jalandhar is exclusive and the classical elements in it come as a complete surprise. The Harballabh Fair is one such festival that showcases some of the classical music components that have always been a part of the Jalandhar history. It was started by a Brahmin music lover started this fair in memory of his Guru. Punjab has had a tradition of music especially of Dhrupad (form of classical music) and this festival combined this plus other folk genres of Punjab. It was a platform for musicians (only male ones) once but today it only focuses on classical music. A three day fest from December 27-30 is hosted on the grounds of the the Devi Talab Mandir. This is the oldest music festivals in all of North India and a good reason for you to travel to Jalandhar in winter.

  • Baisakhi

Around the months of March-April, marking the foundation of the sikh community formed under the Khalsa and the harvest season in Punjab, Baisakhi is the best and biggest festival here. The Sikh community was founded by Guru Gobind Singh on this day. The people join the procession of the Panj Parays carrying the holy Guru Granth Sahib through the city, the sound of drum beats can be heard everywhere and the men and women match their steps in dance. The yellow mustard fields look bright with joy and so do the people dressed in all kinds of bright colours.

  • Baba Sodal Mela

One of the most popular festivals in Jalandhar, Baba Sodal Mela is celebrated in memory of the child deity. This festivals is more spiritual in nature. Story goes that Sodal, a little child followed his mother to a pond. His mother got angry since she had asked the child not to do so. Filled with anger she asked him to drown in the pond. He asked his mother thrice whether she wanted him to do so and seeing that she was adamant, he jumped never to return. It is believed that the child was bestowed with divine powers.

The child’s smadh along with a portrait is adorned with flowers and rosaries. People come and pray here. There is also a tank in the area where people take a dip. The month of September sees flocks of people here for the mela. It is a pretty jubilant affair.

Food and sweets, along with dance and music are a favourite way of celebrating any occasion for the Punjabis. There is no way of enjoying a holiday at Jalandhar than being a part of their festive fun.

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