When a person thinks about Punjab and Punjabis the few first things that come to his mind are calorie-laden food, festivals, upbeat music, and meals.
1. Muktsar Fair:- As the name suggests, the fair is organised in the Muktsar district every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on 14th January. It is also called the Maghi Mela.
Every year the fair is organised as a mark to tribute to Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his forty followers who fought the battle against the mighty Mughal army in 1705-06. The fair lasts for 3 days in which devotees pay their respect by taking a dip into the holy tank.
2. Jarag Fair- One of the most important fairs of Punjab, the Jarag fair is organised in Jarag village of Ludhiana. Around the month of March-April, the fair is organised in honour of goddess Seetla.
The devotees from across Punjab gather in Jarag to offer prayer to goddess Seetla. The main highlight of this fair is that sweet jaggery cakes are served to Goddess on the day of the fair. These sweet cakes are then served to donkeys, which is a favorite animal of the Goddess.
3. Shaheedi Jor Mela:- Another famous fair from the hinterland of Punjab, Shaheedi Jor Mela is organised every year in the month of December at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.
The fair is a tribute to Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Baba Fateh Singh Ji. The Mela begins on 24th December with Akhand Path and ends on 26th with Nagar Kirtan which begins from Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib and ends at Gurudwara Jyoti Swarup.
4. Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan:- Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan is yet another famous fair that carries unparalleled cultural relevance in Punjab.
The sammelan carries a 100+ years of history and was first organised in the latter part of the 19th Century. The primary attraction of the fair is its musical concert which is organised is the commemoration of genius musical Sufi saint Swami Harballabh.
5. Roshni Mela:- Another fair from the Ludhiana district, the Roshni Mela is organised in the city of Jagravan. The annual fair happens in the month Phagun (February- March).
This mela is organised to commemorate the greatness of Sufi Saint Abdul Kadar Jalani by lightning earthen lamps in thousands in his tomb. The fair also includes some marvelous music performances which are performed by renowned folk artists.
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You left hola-Mohalla mela at Anandpur Sahib.