The various colorful Uttaranchal fairs and festivals make the state vibrant and distinct. The people of this lively state love to celebrate and express their religious and cultural feelings through these fairs and festivals. In these fairs and festivals of Uttaranchal one can see and enjoy the traditional activities of the state, including the traditional songs and dances of Uttaranchal.
India as a whole is a land of festivals and celebrates a number of fairs and festivals, which are unique and interesting. Uttaranchal being a part of India is no exception. Some of these fairs and festivals in Uttaranchal are significant from religious point of view whereas some have special cultural importance.
The women of Uttaranchal are also a major part of most of these festivals, which involves fasting and the preparation of special foods.
Uttaranchal is a land of temples and religious destinations and every such destination has its inherent culture and traditional feature. Some of the various fairs and festivals in Uttaranchal also form a part of this distinct feature and attract people from far and wide. Fairs offer glimpses of different aspects of a culture and, in Uttaranchal festivals are generally attached with fairs.
Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela are two world famous festivals held at Hardwar on every twelfth and sixth year interval respectively. Both these festivals draw a lot of crowd from India and across the world. The Nanda Devi fair, held at many important cities across Uttaranchal like Almora, Nainital, Kot, Ranikhet, Bhowali, Kichha etc. forms a part of another such important fairs and festivals in Uttaranchal.
Kandali is a festival celebrated in the Chaudans region of Pithoragarh district between the months of August and October. A flower named Kandali (Strobilenthes wallichii) blooms once in every 12 years and this is the time when this festival is celebrated.
Other prominent fairs and festivals in Uttaranchal are Devidhura fair, Purnagiri fair, Gauchar fair, Baisakhi, Maga Mela, Uttaraini Mela, Vishu Mela, Peerane-Kaliyar, Jauljibi and Thal Fairs, Uttarayani fair, Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchmi, Phool Dei, Harela and Bhaitauli, Olgia, Khatarua, Bat Savitri, Ganga Dusshera or Dasar and Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra held every twelfth year.