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Home>>Central India>>Madhya-Pradesh>>Fairs-Festivals of Madhya Pradesh

Fairs-Festivals of Madhya Pradesh

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The festival is particularly observed by the unmarried girls in Chhattisgarh and it is held during the month of Vaisakha. The occasion is noticeable by making a small canopy of mango twigs, decked according to individual taste.

Saila Dance Festival

 Young boys of the plains of Chhattisgarh bring life to the post-harvest time by the Saila dance. Saila is a stick-dance and is popular among the people of Sarguja, Chhindwara and Baitul districts.

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Ever heard of a festival where you are officially allowed to elope with your lover? Check this one out, guys. Held in the Jhabua district, the Bhagoriya is to the Bhils what the Madai is to the Gonds - a festival of fun and joy.

Sanja Festival

Unmarried girls of north-western Madhya Pradesh annually worship a legendary girl called Sanja. The ritual is associated with figures and designs made by girls on smeared portions of mud walls through the medium of cattle-dung.

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Suwata

The Suwata of Bundelkhand relates to the Ghadlya of Malwa. Girls, in this form of celebration prepare a tiny platform along the wall with clay. The three sides of this platform are provided with steps. On the platform an image of a devil is made to stand.

Bhojali Festival

This major festival of Chhattisgarh is observed in the month of Bhadra. About a week before the actual Bhojali day, i.e. on the day of Nagpanchami, wheat, gram, rice or kondo seeds are sown in earthen pots and manured to grow into green shoots.

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Shivaratri

 A festival usually falls in March, dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The Bundelkhand region is a stronghold of shasivities and many devotees travel hundreds of kilometers to worship at the Matangeshwar Temple.

Chaitra Fair

In the Chaitra fair held at Biaora (Malwa), the Dhup Dehi ka Mela of Hirapur (Rewa Division), the Ram Navami fair of Naya Gaon, the Bhilat Baba ka Mela of Seoni and the Gal Yatras held at over two dozen villages of Malwa are worth mention.

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Songs of Bhils

Big Part of Malwa and Nimad is populated by the Adivasis. The songs of the Bhils, which accompany their dances and the songs of their festivals and nuptial ceremonies give a glimpse of the life-pattern they hold.

Sugga Dance Festival

The Sua or Sugga dance of the women of Chhattisgarh and the Mikal Hills is significant for its elegance and grace. The word 'Sua' means a parrot. The women take recourse to this dance a month in advance of the festival of Diwali.

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Chaitra Festival Dance

The Chaitra festival dance is another famous dance of the Gonds of Bastar district; it is performed after the harvest to thank goddess Annapurna for the harvest already gathered and to seek her blessings for the next crop.

Tansen Music Festival

A pillar of Hindustani classical music, the great Tansen, one of the 'nine jewels' of Akbar's court, lies buried in Gwalior. The memorial to this great musician has a pristine simplicity, and is built in the early Mughal architectural style.

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Tejaji Fair

A good number of fairs are held in the 10th day of the month of Bhadra, to mark the birth of Tejaji. Many tales are present about this legendary figure. In Tejaji's fairs rituals are made to cure snake-bite.

Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival

A Buddhist festival held at Sanchi at the end of November, Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival is attended by thousands of Buddhists monks and pilgrims.

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Karma Dance

Among the Gonds and the Baigas of Chhattisgarh and the Oraons of the north-west fringes of Madhya Pradesh, the Karma dance is very common.

Chherta Festival

The festival of Chherta falls on the last day of the month of Pausa. The ploughmen cease their work on this day and all their accounts are settled as the succeeding day. i.e. the first day of the month of Magha.

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Costume

The costumes used in Maanch are locally equipped. Each character actor has a set of well-known clothes. The main character has to wear more nice-looking angarkha or a long coat with multi-hued safu, adding Kaldi to it.

Dhankul Song

The land of Bastar is identified for the Chait Parah and the Dhankul songs. The previous is of the seasonal category while the latter is connected with the invocation to the goddess Danteshwari.

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Dusshera of Bastar  

Celebrated by all Hindus of India on the tenth day after Navratri (September or October), Dussehra is celebrated as the day of Rama's victory over king Ravana, or as a day on which the Goddess Kali destroyed the buffalo-demon and liberated the world.

Gana-Gour Festival

The Gana Gour festival is celebrated with much gaiety in Madhya Pradesh. 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.

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Ganga Dashmi

The Festival falls on the tenth day of the second fortnight of Jyaistha (May-June). In Surguja region, the occasion is practical by the Adivasis and the non-Adivasis. The classes of the Hindu fold celebrate it because on this day the river Ganges had its descent on the earth.

Gaur Dance

The most liked among the Madhya Pradesh dances, is the Gaur dance of the Sing Marias or Tallaguda Marias (bison-horn Marias) of South Bastar. This spectacular dance symbolizes the hunting spirit of the tribe. The word 'Gaur' means a ferocious bison.

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Ghadlya 

Girls have their own feature in this festival. They gather in the evening in groups and visit every house of the village carrying earthen pots with holes for the light to come out, made by a wick oil lamp kept inside.

Ghaila Ceremony

Ghaila is the earthen pot ceremony of the Gonds. It is a ceremony identical to the Akhadi or Akadhi (Akshya Tratiya) of the Hindus.

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Gobardhan

Gobardhan festival is celebrated on the sixteenth day in the month of Kartika i.e. just on the day following Diwali. Gobardhan means 'prosperity for cows' and seems to have its source in the Krishna cult.

Grida Dance

When rabi crops sway in the fields in filled bloom, the parties from different villages join together and perform the Grida dance. It continues from morning till evening.

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Hareli or Hariri

Hareli or Hariri falls on the day of Sravana Amavasya. In Mandla, it is celebrated on the new-moon day of the same month.

Jhansi Festival

The Jhansi Festival is a lively arts and cultural event held in February/March. A recent introduction to Madhya Pradesh`s festival calendar, it is a locally organized program of music, arts and dance.

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Kajri Navami

On the ninth day of the waxing-moon fortnight of the month of Sravana, falls the Kajri festival. In the Bundelkhandi-speaking area only those women, who are blessed with sons, observe this festival.

Kaksar Dance

The dance of the Hill Marias of the Abujhmar Mountains is quite different. In one of their dance-forms they carry dummy horses on their shoulders and move slowly into a wide circle.

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Karam Festival

The festival of Karma,a religious festival, calls for a huge celebration every year among the Korba tribals of MP. On the day of worship, devotees fast from morning till the next day - a good 24 hours.

Khajuraho Festival of Dances

One of the most popular cultural e`vents in India, Khajuraho Festival of Dance is a memorable affair that is held over a week (February and March) and is watched by locals, tourists and celebrities alike.

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Koqsar

Koqsar is one of the important festivals of the Abujhmarias. It comes as the concluding festival when people care little for privacy. Koqsar is characterised by ceremonial exchange of visits of boys and girls.

Kujlaya Festival

On the full moon day of Bhadra, the festival of Kujlaya is celebrated to commemorate the get-together of the legendary queen, Malhana Devi, with her daughter who had been married to the son of a hostile king.

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Laru Kaj Festival

Laru Kaj is the festival of Gonds which is related with the pig sacrifice. The ceremony is considered the pig's wedding in honour of Narayan Dev.

Lavani Festival

The Lavani came to Malwa along with the Marathas in the opening of the eighteenth century. The Nirguni Lavani (philosophical) and the Shringari Lavani (erotic) are the two types which is well-liked in the south of Nimad..

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Leja Song

In the surrounding villages of Jagdalpur, the Leja song has a significant place. The Leja has its origin with the 'send off ' ritual to some dear one. Literally, the Leja means 'take it'. Many of the Leja songs are lengthy.

Maanch

Maanch which is a form of operatic ballet is very popular in Malwa. The word Maanch is derived from the Sanskrit folk-form, Manch i.e. the stage. As an indigenous folk-form, Maanch seems to have its beginning in the seventeenth century.

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Madai Fair

In the tribal villages of Bastar the Madai fairs record their social consideration as of vital importance to all the ethnic groups of the area. The Madai fairs of Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Dantewara and Dhanara, falls within February, March and April every year.

Malwa Festival

A festival of music, dance and gaiety, held for the period of the month of September at Mandu is a riot of color, melody and song..

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Marriage Songs

The marriage songs of the Kamars are usually short. Many of them are addressed to the trumpeter Moharia. The Dadaria of this region has a pattern of rhyming lines.

Matki Dance Festival

The tableland of Malwa has comparatively very few dances. On wedding occasions, the countryside women of this part execute the 'Matki' dance with an earthen pot unbiased on the head, the Matki is mostly danced solo.

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Meghnad

It is a festival of the Gond tribe, usually held within the first half of Phalguna. The dates for celebrating the festival are different at different places but all falling in the first fortnight of Phalguna.

Music

 The couplets are sung in three styles namely, Ikhari Rangat, Dokadi Rangat and Langdi Rangat. The intact melody of Jhela is introduced in between the Dohas, whenever the singing pattern needs a change.

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Musical Instruments

The drums are of various types and the technique of drumming among the tribals is fascinating. In Bastar there are big drums played by sticks. The Bhils use heavy Dhols and Mandals. There are small -sized drums.

Navanna

As soon as Diwali is over, the gorge of Navanna is celebrated. It depends on the full ripening of corns; only then is the day for Navanna fixed. In Bundelkhand, it is performed on the eleventh day after Diwali.

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Navratri Festival

Ujjain and its temples come alive during the fair season of Navratri (Dusshera) that typically falls in the month of September or October.

Pandum Festival

Confined to the Abujhmarias of Bastar, the Pandum festival is observed through the community hunt. Before starting for the hunting expedition, donations are made by the Hill Marias for a rich game and the safe return of the hunters.

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Performance

A play opens late in the evening with an invocation of gods and goddesses by the players. It begins quite often with a tribute to the founder of the Maanch mandal (group) and the script-writer.

Phulpati Dance

The Phulpati is another dance, exclusively for unmarried girls. It is a dance of the semi-rural womenfolk. The agriculturist class of Malwa is not very much inclined to any dance by nature.

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Rang Panchami

Around March) On the fifth day after Holi, an yearly music festival was held for the period of the Holkar reign. Even today people celebrate this festival with eagerness and gaiety .

Ras-Nawa Festival

Ras-Nawa is a particular festival of the Baigas of Mandla district. Ras-Nawa means ceremonial eating of honey. The festival falls once in every nine years. The Baigas associate this festival to their legendary ancestor Nanga Baiga.

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The Murias of North Bastar are educated in the Ghotul for all types of their society dances. Before any dance is commenced at a wedding or a festive occasion, the Murias First worship their drums.

 

More Fair and Festivals in Madhya-Pradesh

>> Arwa Teej

>> Saila Dance Festival

>> Bhagoria Festival

>> Sanja Festival

>> Suwata

>> Bhojali Festival

>> Shivaratri

>> Chaitra Fair

>> Songs Of Bhils

>> Sugga Dance Festival

>> Chaitra Festival Dance

>> Tansen Music Festival

>> Tejaji Fair

>> Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival

>> Murias Dance

>> Chherta Festival

>> Costume

>> Dhankul Song

>> Dusshera Of Bastar

>> Gana Gour Festival

>> Ganga Dashmi

>> Gaur Dance

>> Ghadlya

>> Ghaila Ceremony

>> Gobardhan

>> Grida Dance

>> Hareli

>> Jhansi Festival

>> Kajri Navami

>> Kaksar Dance

>> Karam Festival

>> Karma Dance

>> Khajuraho Festival Of Dances

>> Koqsar

>> Kujlaya Festival

>> Laru Kaj Festival

>> Lavani Festival

>> Leja Song

>> Maanch

>> Madai Fair

>> Malwa Festival

>> Marriage Songs

>> Matki Dance Festival

>> Meghnad

>> Music

>> Musical Instruments

>> Navanna

>> Navratri Festival

>> Pandum Festival

>> Performance

>> Phulpati Dance

>> Rang Panchami

>> Ras Nawa Festival  

 

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