Holi is one of Himachal’s most popular festivals, signifying the beginning of spring. Although Holi has its roots in Hinduism, the festival is generally celebrated by people of all faiths across the country, as well as Indians around the world. This festival is celebrated every year in February end or early March. This year it will be celebrated on 23rd of March.
Sujanpur Holi Fair
Sujanpur Holi Fair has been accorded the status of a state fair. It exhibits traditional limelight of holi, the festival of colours. People from all over Himachal come to participate in it. It is celebrated in Chaugan (one square kilometer green ground) which lasts almost 2–3 weeks, provides wholesome entertainment through various games, songs, dances, folk dramas and skits performed by local artists. Business activities are also in full swing throughout the week.
You can also visit Sujanpur Tira fort during this fair. This Fort was built on the peak of hillock by the king of the Sujanpur named Maharaja Sansar Chand who was the king of Kangra and later shifted to this fort after the war with Muslim kings. There are also two famous temples constructed by Sansar Chand which are Bansiwala ( For Lord Krishna) on one side of the ground, and Narvdeshwar on the other side towards the river Beas.
Kullu Holi Fair
Holi festival in Kullu is unique from other parts of India. The festivities begins nearly one and half months before Holi Festival on Basant Panchami day. On the day of Basant Panchami, a chosen Mahanat community makes a colour offering to Lord Raghunath at his abode temple in Raghunathpur. Then Lord Raghunath does come out on his chariot to the Dhalpur Dussehra grounds where ‘Ram and Bharat Milan’ (a symbolic reunion of Lord Rama with His brother Bharat) takes place. People in large numbers arrive on the day to apply colour on Lord Raghunath in Sultanpur, the chief deity of Kullu Valley. The festivities which begin on Vasant Panchami end on the annual Holi festival day.
Hola Mohalla Fair
Hola Mahalla is a Sikh festival which takes place one day after Holi at the historic Gurdwara Paonta Sahib situated on the banks of the Yamuna River. This fair remained without colours and pilgrims visiting this place during Holi Day from various part of the country. Guru Gobind Singh wanted that the festival should be celebrated in martial style to inculcate bravery in the people. He began to impart training in arms to his disciples. Even before founding the Khalsa he had laid foundation for this during his stay at Paonta Sahib, where he began to celebrate Hola Mohalla in a martial manner, with trained soldiers displaying their combat tactics.