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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular events and festivals celebrated in Amritsar?

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The vibrant tradition and extravagant culture of Amritsar is reflected in the fairs and festivals of the city. So, it is a good idea to visit the place during the festive season to enjoy the real flavour of Amritsar. Few of the most lively festivals of the city are listed below:

  • Ram Tirath Fair

    One of the most major festival in Amritsar is the Ram Tirath Fair. It is organised at Ram Tirath temple, which is a very revered pilgrim spot at Amritsar. The festival takes place two weeks after Diwali and continues for five consecutive days. People come from far wide to Amritsar to celebrate this festival and pay homage to the almighty at this revered spot. A wide variety of activities and cultural programs happen in the festival. Some of the most enjoyable ones are tulla floating, acrobat shows, wild animal exhibition, magic show etc. To add to the fun in the fair, various food stalls offering delicious food are made available.

  • Basant Panchami

    Basant Panchami is a very popular festival in the city of Amritsar. It is celebrated among all the inhabitants of the place with much enthusiasm. The prime attraction of this occasion of Basant Panchami is the fair at Chheharta Sahib Gurudwara of Amritsar. On this sacred festival Langar is arranged for the devotees arriving at the Gurdwara. The festival is mostly followed by all the Sikh community. However, people of all religions, castes and creeds come to Amritsar to celebrate the Basant Panchami. The ritual of kite flying play on this day is exceptionally enjoyable. The sky covered in the huge colorful kites is an awesome sight to catch. Basant Panchami is celebrated in the Hindu month of magh, that according to the English calendar falls in the starting of February and end of January.

  • Baisakhi

    Baisakhi is a significant festival in Amritsar. Every year the festival is celebrated in grandeur on the 13th of the April. Baisakhi is celebrated at the onset of spring with much enthusiasm, mostly among the Sikh community.The Punjabi folk song and folk dance, Bhangra, is performed by the local people in the city which is a vivacious sight to catch. Baisakhi has the great religious importance. It is considered as a very auspicious festival in Amritsar because it is the sacred day when Guru Gobind Singhji established the Khalsa Panth. On the festival, pious The Guru Granth Sahib is read in all the Gurdwaras and attractive processions pass throughout the city.

  • Lohri

    Lohri is a major Punjabi festival that is celebrated in the entire North Indian. Celebrated generally among the Sikh community, it is also followed by the Hindus. After harvesting of the Rabi crops, the festival is held on the 13th of January every year. It is very essential for the newly married couples to take part in the first Lohri festival after their wedding. Lohri is celebrated in various parts of India but varies in names and local traditions. Til, gajak, rewari, sweets, gur, jaggery, moongphali and phulia are consumed as the sacred Prasad of Lohri. Traditional dances and songs are being performed in Lohri. The people has a certain ritual to revolve around the bonfire during the puja.

Make sure to mark your calendar, so you can drop at the place at the right time.

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