India is a unique country known globally for its rich heritage and culture. This rich culture and heritage is reflected in all the fairs and festivals that are celebrated throughout India, throughout the year. The Indians believe in merriment and love to douse the sorrows and woes of monotonous life in the celebration of one or the other festival.

All the festivals that are celebrated in northern India (states of Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal) have a legend attached and are infused by a festive aura of zest and fervour. The Indians celebrate their festival with so much of spirit that tourists from all over the world prefer to visit India during these fairs and festivals.

Baisakhi is celebrated by the Punjabis to mark the harvesting season. Punjabi folk dance and music is very lively and foot-tapping. The golden harvest infuses joy and happiness in the hearts of Punjabis which reflects in their celebration.

The northern most state of Jammu Kashmir is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for the unique celebrations of the festivals that reveals its rich heritage. Baisakhi, Lohri, Jhiri Mela, Bahu Mela, Mansar food and craft Mela are some of the most celebrated festivals.

The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated throughout North India is celebrated with great enthusiasm and liveliness.

The festival of Lights-Diwali is a religious festival celebrated in North India. The goddess of prosperity-Lakshmi is worshiped for her blessings. Diyas, sweets, fire-crackers, etc. complete the celebration of Diwali.

Surajkund craft Mela, Pushkar Fair, Camel and Elephant Festival, India and International Trade Fair are some of the other festivals of North India. Id-ul-fitr, the Muslim festival is also celebrated with great joy and happiness in all states of North India exhibiting a picture of communal harmony.

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