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Fairs and Festivals of India

Fairs and Festivals of India



Fairs and Festivals of India

by S. P. Sharma - Seema Gupta

Unfolding the colourful cultural heritage of India

Myriad hues of Indian Fairs and Festivals

Auspicious night bejeweled with millions of earthern lamps shimmering on the rooftops and terraces, competing with the colourful firework-patterns in the skies; colours afloat in the air with revelers painting one another with the ëgulalí of Holi; feet dancing in a frenzied rhythm to the religious chants in Puja celebration; dancers swaying to the rhythmic beat of classical music in Khajuraho Dance Festival.

Hinduism encompasses a colourful collage of myriad hues and shades where every day is time for some celebration, some festival or ceremony. From National festivals like Diwali, Dussehra and Holi, etc., to Regional ones like Bihu in Assam, Onam in Kerala and Chhath in Bihar, we go on to the Sonepur Cattle Fair of Bihar, Kumbh Mela at Prayag, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar, and Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan among many others.

This present book has been painstakingly prepared to offer you a panoramic view of these celebrations that have been part of our culture and heritage since time immemorial, and continue to draw people from all over the world on account of their vibrancy and richness of heritage. The purpose is to bring the readers this rich diversity and thus help them not only to understand and appreciate the religious and traditional sentiments of other communities and people, but perhaps even prompt them to take new journeys to new different exotic parts of this rich and varied land.

Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. It has integrated into different sects, creeds and castes, along with their respective customs, traditions, culture and mode of worship, forming a formidable amalgam of astonishing vitality and dynamism. The secret of Hinduismís successful survival can be traced to the imaginative and colourful celebration of its festivals by the people.

These joyous occasions of festivals have a powerful impact on the faith and belief of the masses.

These festivals and fairs have several ramifications in the social, economical, cultural and artistic spheres. Society as a whole gains a lot by celebrating these fairs and festivals around the year.

About The Author :

An acclaimed author and renowned columnist, Mr. S.P. Sharma has a number of major titles to his credit, and has also been regularly contributing to prestigious newspapers and magazines. The present work is the outcome of his concern for the general decline among younger generations about knowledge of their own traditional culture and his endeavour to educate them about it.

Seema Gupta has a Masterís Degree in Sociology and an MS in Psychotherapy and Counselling. A prolific writer, Ms. Gupta has authored several widely acclaimed books on a wide variety of subjects, published by Pustak Mahal. Many of her articles and short stories in various magazines have won accolades from her readers.

For an author bio and photo, reviews and a reading sample, visit www.pustakmahal.com.

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