Himachal Pradesh is in Northern India and is also bordered by the Indian states of Punjab, Jammu Kashmir, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. This state is one of the highest per capita states in India. The economy of this state is mainly depending on agriculture, hydroelectric power and tourism. There is tremendous variation in the climate of this state due to the variation in the elevation. The main communities residing over here are Rajputs, Gujjars, Ghirth, Kanets, Brahmins, Gaddis and Kolis.
The people in Himachal are very enthusiastic and participate in the fairs and Festivals of Himachal Pradesh. Most of the festivals and fairs are connected with various seasonal changes and all the festivals always begin with their specific folklores without which the festivals would be considered incomplete. These fairs held give a very clear glimpse of the life of the rural people their customs, traditions, beliefs through this so that even visitors visiting during these fairs can understand what type of life the rural people live. Here each district has their own set of annual fairs which are connected by the geographical and historical background of that particular area.
Festivals in Himachal Pradesh plays a very important role in the lives of people living here. On the festive occasion farmers don’t work in the fields and all rich and poor come together to celebrate these festivals. If a death occurs in a family on the festive occasion then others too do not celebrate the festival until a birth occurs around the same time. The Sikh festivals are celebrated largely in the cities, but the tribal festivals have their own identity which is different from other festival celebration anywhere else.
Festivals of Himachal Pradesh gets started with the Lohri or Maghi festivals where all young and old people volunteer to sing folk songs and dance around the bonfire in the night. Then comes Basant Panchami on the onsets of the spring and one can catch this at Kangra and Hamirpur. Holi which is the festivals of colors is celebrated all over Himachal but specially in Sujanpur and Palampur it is celebrated raucously. On the occasion of Baisakhi devotees come in large numbers in the sacred waters for a holy dip at various places. Kullu Dussehra is a celebration that is acclaimed internationally with prevailing spirit. The other festivals celebrated here are Plulaich, International Himalayan Festival and Lossar.