FAIRS AND FESTIVALS OF MADHYA PRADESH
The people of Madhya Pradesh are simple and fun loving and without any inhibitions. The interiors of the vast state are inhabited by various tribes. The tribes have their own festivals and festivities and celebrations. There are hardly any festivals specific to the region. All the common festivals like the national festivals and the festivals like Diwali, Id or Christmas are celebrated with equal fervour. As Madhya Pradesh shares the borders with five other states the bordering districts or places have incorporated the festivities and occasions of that particular state along with the language and food habbits. The places bordering
The few festivals those which stand apart from rest of the country are the local festivals.
The Gana Gour festival is celebrated with much gaiety in Madhya Pradesh. Celebrated during the Shrawan month of Hindu calendar in July-August. The people believe that Gour, wife of Shiva, was married to Shiva and they stayed in Rajasthan. She could come home only once a year. This coming back is celebrated by these people here. They make small idols of the Gour and worship her along with her husband. The Gordhan festival celebrated after Diwali has its history in the legend of
Madhya Pradesh is more famous as a host for the renowned cultural festivals. The most famous being the Khajuraho festival of Dances. It is said the traditional art of Indian classical dances was born from the temples. These forms of dances were sort of prayers invoking the deity, which later attained a different status and a stage as well. At Khajuraho the dances are performed with the same devotion and enthusiasm.
People from all over the world come to watch eminent artists perform under the aegis of the ancient wonderful temples. The sculptures and the stones magnify the performances. The Chandelas built the temples as an ode to life and living, the performances are an ode to the beauty within. The cultural festival is an enthralling experience with the ancient stone sculptures forming the background. An annual affair every March, it is a must visit event and a lifetime experience.
The other cultural festival that Madhya Pradesh hosts is the Tansen Music festival at
People from far and wide come here to listen to the artists.