Culture of Haryana
Haryana has a rich cultural heritage that gives visitors the feel of the Vedic period. The
state has its own rich customs and traditions, as well as folklores to up-lift its great
cultural heritage not just in India but in the whole world. Visitors can find several races,
as well as the cultures and faiths here on this land. Let us explore Haryana bit by bit now
and experience the rich preserved heritage of this place! To begin with- we'll talk about
the festivities of this state in detail. Here we go...
Fairs and Festivals in Haryana
Along with beautiful attractions, Haryana is also
famous for the
celebration of many fairs
One can witness both national and international fairs arranged neatly,
and in a grand way. Most of the people from Haryana as well as the
neighboring states participate in the cultural programmes like dancing,
singing songs, playing music, and also participate in other cultural activities held during
the fairs and festivals.
There are certain fairs and
festivals celebrated in Haryana, that promise to take you away from the routine
life. The most popular fairs celebrated in Haryana are - the Surajkund
Fair, the Mango
Mela, the Baisakhi Mela, the Pinjore
Heritage Festival, the Guga Navmi Fair
, and the
Surajkund International FairSurajkund
is celebrated with a splash of colors, as well as the
rhythm of drum beats that gives huge joy when participated in the
Surajkund of Faridabad. This Mela comprises the unique diversity of the
Indian culture and traditions, which are created to display the Rural
attribute of India.
This International Fair displays the
Crafts Mela that showcases some of the most keen handlooms as well as
the handicrafts of India. Also, one can observe the Handmade fabrics
that are dipped in grand colors; even some kinds of interesting wooden and clay dolls are
found at this Mela.
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If you attend the Surajkund International Mela,
you will also find the Multicuisine Food Courts, where popular
cuisines from all over the globe are displayed. There are also
performances that mesmerizes the evening for the sake of entertainment quotient. There are
delegated places for amusement, adventure rides etc. which makes Haryana a
must-visit place during tis fairs.
Mango Mela in Haryana
Mela is held in many parts of India, but in Haryana, it is organized during the months of
June and July at 'Yadavindra
Gardens' of Pinjore. This Mela seems to be a great treat for the Mango
Several types of mangoes arrive to Haryana from the states of Bihar and
Punjab, HP and UP, including Haryana. This is the reason why Mango Festival attracts people
with wide-spread of different shaped mangoes
(both quality and hybrid) in varied price range.
The main aim of the two-day Mango Mela, is to
provoke farmers to accept the
latest technology to raise their mango production with ease. So that,
they can grow quality mangoes, and get good ROI on the mangoes grown.
Mango Mela even offers a forum to help the farmers to sell their
mangoes. It also gives a common platform for the Self Help Groups to
sell their products.
Baisakhi Mela in Haryana
Tourism hosted the 'Baisakhi Mela' at Pinjore
Gardens between 13th and 14th of April at Pinjore Gardens this year. While, this
Festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm, at
the Pinjore Gardens, where plethora of visitors become the witness of the Baisakhi
year, there will be a lot of fun and frolic in
store for visitors. They can enjoy a delicious fare at the Food Court,
shop from a variety of handlooms and handicrafts at the Crafts Bazaar
& jive to the tunes of the Day Performers. There would be
competitions for school students and scintillating evening cultural
Pinjore Heritage Festival
Heritage Festival is conducted every year at 'Pinjore Gardens' during
the month of December, and this festival is conducted to promote the
rich culture of Haryana, as well as its historical
tradition. This seems to be a great annual event that focus on the old
Pinjore town with its amazing gardens and the entire Haryana tourism.
Before you read further, refresh yourself with this performance
Gardens at Pinjore are one of the oldest
Mughal gardens, where the fair is organized beautifully, with a good theme of the past
It is decorated with
varied platforms, gates, as well as the beautiful illuminations. There
are also facilities such as the food plaza and shops
around the fair. Also, there are parking areas that adds charm to the
Festival. While, there are also certain celebrations, which include the
cultural functions such as the live performances by the prominent
singers, and the Indian classical dancers, as well as the poets.
Guga Navmi in Haryana
Navmi is said to be a very holy festival, celebrated in Haryana. While,
Guga represents a divine snake (no evil or harm caused by it) similar
to 'Nag Panchmi
People of Haryana worship the snake God during the months of
August and September.
Here, many spiritual legends are connected with the 'Gugga Pir
is also well-known as
the 'Zahir Pir
' or 'Baggar Wala
'. Guga was actually a Rajput
(close to Sirsa
), after 12 years of his mother' s (Bachal
penance, Guga was born.
While celebrating the festival, people
used to first decorate a long bamboo tree. For decoration, many
decorative pieces like the peacock plumes, hand fans, and the colorful
threads are tied along with the blue flag, and a coconut as a
remark to this festival and it's called as Charri or fly flap.
On the 9th day of
the Sawan month, the
village priest starts beating drums and takes this all around the
village, and people offer their homage with 'churmas
'. There are also 5
followers who dance as per the tunes of various musical instruments like
the chimta, dholaks,
and so on.
Gita Jayanti Festival in Haryana
Bhagvad Gita is the holy book of Hindus and Gita Jayanti Festival is
dedicated to the birth of Srimad Bhagvad Gita. The festival is very
sacred to Hindus and is celebrated with immense religious fervor and
Sohna Car Rally HaryanaSohna Car Rally
alias Vintage Car
is the festival of
the old cars, which is conducted every year in the month of February at Sohna, a beautiful
hilly spot located on the Delhi-Alwar Highway. Sohna Car Rally was started in the year 1964
and from that time onwards it has achieved a nation wide significance. This traditional car
rally starts at Delhi
and then passes through Gurgaon
and finally reaches Sohna. Old cars
like Rolls Royce to the rougher and tougher Fords and Austins, which once gale in the roads
is now contesting with each other in the rally in order to achieve popularity. It is a tough
competition in every field right from re-installation to maintenance and performance.
It is one of the major events of Gurgaon
, attracting thousands of car lovers from
all over the country. Sufficient accommodation facilities are available at Sohna during this
time. Haryana Tourism
celebrates this day with a mela event.
Kartik Cultural Festival Haryana
The annual Kartik Cultural Festival is conducted in
the month of November at Nahar Singh Mahal
in Ballabgarh. The festival is the joint effort
of Haryana Tourism, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Tourism and Department of Culture, Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of India, Development
Commissioners Handlooms and Handicrafts, North Central Cultural
Center, North Zone Cultural Center, Ballabgarh Development and Beautification
Society. and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
The main aim of the Kartik festival is to promote fort ambience, martial
arts both Indian classical music and dance and a rich variety of folk theatre. The festival
had given new existence to the disappearing folk arts, martial arts and worked to bring
traditional folk dances and music to the national stage. The visitors to the festival venue
will get knowledge about the prosperity of India
in the field of performing classical arts.
The singers and dancers also get a national platform to perform their talents and they fully
utilize this opportunity to enthrall the audience with their riveting performances.
During the Kartik festival, one could get a chance to visit the magnificent Nahar Singh
Mahal which is the venue of the festival. It was built by the forefathers of Raja Nahar
Singh around 1739 A.D with excellent architectural style, decorated with intricate cupola
and minars. This splendid old palace comes alive during the cheerful celebrations of the
festivals due to the sound of music and the movement of dance.
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Art and Craft of Haryana
Haryana Arts and Crafts are the great highlight of
Haryana’s rich culture, and that all the Arts and Crafts of this State, are well-known
and other countries because of its magnificent artistic skills.
Arts and Crafts of Haryana comprises of singing, dancing, sculpting, paintings, pottery, embroidery weaving, etc. Among all these arts and crafts, the very popular ones
are the village handicrafts. Wherein, such villages are good at creating woollen works like
Shawl and Kashmiri style of significant piece of art. Haryana supports only bright colours
of the Arts and Crafts, which plays a very attractive and creative role of the art work. The arts and crafts of Haryana, have become the primary source of income for the
rural people residing there.
Haryana is popular for making jewelleries of different
kinds like terracotta, metal and mudah making. One can also
find many craftsmen who are good at making zari jutti, bone carving, wooden
beads, crockets, punja durries, as well as the leather works, and much more. When
you visit Haryana, do not miss to watch the paintings made by the
artists in and around Haryana. Also, you can spot cultural music and dance performances, especially
during the religious or cultural festivals.
Paintings of Haryana
Haryana state has different types of
invaders, faiths, tribes, races and cultures from around the 2500 BC and
this period is witness of the blending of various painting styles. All
the current painting's reference is found in the period of Aryan. The
art culture and tradition is flourished in the Guptas reign in the fifth
century to sixth century.
Dances of Haryana
Like other regions
of India, Haryana too is famous for its own cultural and traditional way
of dance and music, and both have their own identical forms. Wherein,
the people of Haryana express their spirit and enthusiasm in the form
of their traditional dance and music. Usually people perform their
cultural dances during special occasions as well as on the festivals
day, or during birthdays of their old family members. Apart from these
special days, people also dance during marriages and such type of dance
is popular as the ‘Khoria Dance
’. Along with Khoria dance,
are also performed with equal enthusiasm!
Enjoy the prize winning Haryanvi group dance before you read further...
Source: Anoop Lather
are two other
kinds of dances performed in Haryana; while, Ras is a traditional dance
that is beloved to Lord Krishna; and Chaupaia belongs to both males and
females, who dance using manjiras
, along with the earthen lamps in
their hands. Such a great ‘Deepak Dance
’ becomes an everlasting memory
for the one who watches this amazing devotional dance.Also Read : Dance Classes in Panipat | Dance Classes in Sirsa | Dance Classes in Faridabad
is very popular for ancient folk music that is sung beautifully to
create a lively atmosphere. Especially, people drag in large numbers on
the special occasions as well as the festivals. The songs sung here are
of two types-classical and countryside. Classical form belongs to the
great Legends (Mythological) Barahmas, as well as the Jaimal-Phatta and
so on; while, Countryside music includes songs with varied ragas, that
is sung in the Hindustani Style, especially during the celebrations and
These ragas comprises of Pahari style, Kafi, as
well as the Bhairavi and Malhar style of music, and much more. Also,
different types of musical instruments like the Dholak and Drum, as well
as the Matka, the Harmonium, Damru and Shehnai, Manjira and Nagara,
along with the Khanjri, Sarangi, Tasha and Ghunguru, etc. are played
during the singing and dancing festivals.Also Read: Music & Dance of Rewari | Music and Dance Classes in Ambala | Music and Dance in Rohtak | Music Classes in Faridabad
objects, pottery, objects made out of the cement and idols
carved on stones are the main handicrafts that are sold in Haryana.
handicraft manufacturers in Haryana shares a diverged variety of arts
and crafts including pottery making, exclusive furniture and
woodcarving, as well as the handlooms, etc. Wherein, the culture of Haryana handlooms is widely spread and the textile market of Panipat is well-known for producing the soft
rugs and other textiles. While, Haryana pottery is also popular due to manufacturing of the
decorative pots, which highlights the state. The people of Rohtak district creates amazing
clay pitchers, and other clay crafts of
Haryana consisting of the Rewari tilla juttis, toys and other crafts,
Pottery that is done with rich and bright colors, is one of the most popular occupations, which
has given much importance in the rural places of Haryana. To know more
about how these pots are made, one must surely visit Haryana once. You
will come to know how skilful and talented the pottery artists in
Haryana are! With just a pot of clay, they will prepare several pots.
These people are so passionate that, different sized, colorful pots of
various shapes are prepared out of their bare hands. The female
members of the artist’s house, sit and paint the pots using
Embroidery and Weaving Haryana
is famous for various handicrafts like the handlooms, as well as the
embroidery and weaving. Most popularly weaved handlooms are the shawls
and durries. Haryana Shawls are very well-known because of the Phulkari, which
has a great demand for its rich embroidery all over the globe.
In Phulkari Art, one can find the motifs (birds and flowers, as well
as the human personalities, etc.), which are stitched with the darning
needles over the colored fabrics. The Phulkari Art and design is done on
the reverse side of the cloth (both vertical and horizontal pattern).
Wherein, other materials like the satin and silk are also used for extra
Bagh is another type of handicraft, which
includes the geometrical design, and this craft is handled mostly by the
Muslims, who are good at applying colorful designs. These designs
comprises animals, plants and nature, and are made on the khaddar
of cotton cloth knitted by silk thread).
are the rugs which have outstanding geometric designs, made on the
blue-colored cloth with the white-colored triangle designs. While, the Panipat is said to be the durries making hub in Haryana.Also Read: Culture of Rewari | Culture of Ambala | Culture of Panipat | Culture of Sirsa | Culture of Rohtak | Culture of Thanesar | Culture of Yamunanagar | Culture in Palwal | Culture of Panchkula | Culture of Panchkula | Culture of Bahadurgarh | Culture of Faridabad | Culture of Bhiwani | Culture of Jagadhri