EVENTS

Lohri

Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival, celebrated by people from the Punjab region of South Asia. The origins of Lohri are many and link the festival to Punjab region. Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice as Lohri was originally celebrated on winter solstice day, being the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

13 January, 2016
  All over Punjab

Maghi Mela/ Muktsar Fair

Mela Maghi, held at the holy city of Sri Muktsar Sahib each year in January, or the month of Magh according to Nanakshahi calendar is one of the most important melas (fairs) of India and the most important of all religiously significant gatherings of the Sikhs.

14 January, 2016
  Muktsar

Kila Raipur Sports Festival

Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as the Rural Olympics, is held annually in Kila Raipur (near Ludhiana), in Punjab. In February each year, Ludhiana becomes the destination for hundreds of sports enthusiasts, including foreigners. They come to Kila Raipur to see the special breed of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing in competitive events.

4 February, 2016
  Kila Raipur, Ludhiana

Hola Mohalla

Holla Mohalla is a Sikh festival celebrated in the month of Phalguna , a day after Holi. An annual festival held at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, Hola Mohalla was started by the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles on the day following the festival of Holi.

22 March, 2016
  Anandpur Sahib

Baisakhi

Baisakhi is one of the major festivals of Sikhs and is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and gaiety in the state of Punjab and all throughout the world where there is a significant Sikh population. For the large farming community of Punjab, Baisakhi Festival marks the time for harvest of rabi crops and they celebrate the day by performing joyful bhangra and gidda dance.

13 April, 2016
  All over Punjab

Fazilka Heritage Festival

28 April, 2016
  Fazilka

Teej Festival

Teeyan is the Punjabi name of the festival of Teej which is celebrated in Punjab and Haryana (where it is also called Haryali teej) which is dedicated to the onset of the monsoon and focuses on daughters and sisters.

August
  All over Punjab

Chhapar Mela

Chhapar Mela is celebrated in the village of Chhapar in the district of Ludhiana, Punjab, India every year in September. This mela (fair), held in the memory of Gugga Pir, is one of the most popular and spectacular festivals of the Malwa belt of Punjab. People mainly worship the snake embodiment of Gugga at this fair. The fair falls on the fourth day of the month of Bhadas every year.

September
   Ludhiana

Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman

Baba Farid, a 12th-century Sufi Saint, visited Faridkot, named after him. The fair takes place at Gurdwara Tilla Baba Farid and includes cultural and sporting events.

21 September, 2016
   Faridkot

Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

30 October, 2016
   Golden Temple, Amritsar

Mohali Sufi Festival

November
  Amritsar

Patiala Craft Mela

November
  Patiala

Rauza Sharif ‘Urs’

Rauza Sharif Urs is celebrated in the memory of Sufi Saint Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi Sirhindi who was a disciple of Khawaja Baqi Billah. The fair takes place on the Fategarh Sahib-Bassi Pathan road in Fatehgarh Sahib.

November/ December
  Sirhind

Bhatinda Virasat Mela

The mela showcases traditional Punjabi culture at the Jaipal Theme Village inside the Bathinda Sports Stadium. The mela also involves heritage walks from Gurdwara Haji Rattan to Jaipalgarh theme village.

21 November, 2016
  Bathinda

Jor Mela

Annual three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela is held at Fatehgarh Sahib Gurdwara in memory of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh. Processions are taken out and Sikh games are displayed in the three-day Mela.

25 December, 2016
  Fatehgarh Sahib

Harballabh Sangeet Festival

Taking place every year on 27–30 December, the music festival honors the memory of Swami Harivallabh. The festival is recognised by the Government of India as a National festival of music. Harivallabh shall complete 139 Years on 28 December 2014. The festival is held at the Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar city

27 December, 2016
  Jalandhar
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