Festivals of Himachal Pradesh
Shivratri :-
Shivratri is considered to be the most famous festival of Himachal Pradesh. Preparations for the Shivatri festival include the lentils which are dried up for the delicacies. Shivratri is a major festival of the state and the biggest festival of the year in Mandi , Kullu , Shimla , Kinnaur , Sirmaur and Solan districts. On elaborately decorated palanquins, local deities are carried down from the surrounding hills in order to pay homage to Lord Shiva at the Bhootnath Temple. The Shivratri fair is held in Mandi which is accompanied by various dance and drama performances.

Minjar :-
Minjar – ‘’The maize flower festival’’ is celebrated at a place called 'Chowgan' in Chamba town, a district of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh. This festival continues for a week and is held in the month of July and August. The minjars are thrown into the Ravi river at the start of this week- long festival to seek blessings for a bountiful harvest.

Manimahesh yatra :-
After the festival of Janmashtmi, in the months of August and September, the Manimahesh Yatra starts which is for about 15 days in which thousands of hindu devotees take part. While singing bhajans and praying rapturously to Lord Shiva, the religious devotees walk barefooted on the rocks. They take dips in the holy water after reaching the Manimahesh Lake (also known as the Dull Lake). Its waters are believed to cleanse the sins of a lifetime.

Dussrhra :-
In Himachal Pradesh, in the month of October, the festival of Dussehra is celebrated with vigorous enjoyment. The festival commemorates the defeat of the demon –king, Ravana, by the God Rama, a story in the Hindu epic. Dussehra at Kullu starts on ‘Vijay Dashmi’ which is the tenth day of the rising moon and continues for 7 days. The Kullu Dussehra has been accorded the status of an International festival by the State Government which attracts tourists in large numbers.

Lavi Fair :-
The Lavi Fair is celebrated in Rampur, Himachal Pradesh. It is a fair in which many products and merchandise are sold. The indigenous products like dry fruits, exotic spices, handicrafts, handloom products and products made from wool (like beautiful shawls etc) and leather are sold by the people of Himachal Pradesh. Chaumkhi horses are also sold here. These products are briskly traded here.

Ranuka Fair :-
Renuka Fair is an extremely famous fair in the state of Himachal Pradesh. To celebrate the completion of the harvest, at the shores of the Renuka Lake, people from the surrounding villages gather at this fair. This fair in Himachal Pradesh is believed to bring a lot of positivity and relaxation to the people living here.

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