Fair and festivals are interwoven in the daily lives of the people of this district. It is rather a cultural heritage of the people. It celebrated here exhibit a high civic sense of associations and social discipline. Various type of fairs and festivals are celebrated almost around the year. The fairs and festivals observed throughout the year are given here under :
Bilaspur town of Himachal witnesses the four-five day long Nalwari or Annual Cattle Fair each year in the month of March or April. In this festival, people enjoy wrestling and several other fun activities. Cattle are brought from Nalagarh and neighboring areas of Punjab, for this celebration. The owners across the country bring their beautifully decorated cattle to the spot because the time is supposed to be of very lucrative deals for them.
The Nalwari Cattle Fair of Bilaspur is considered among the most exciting events of the beautiful state. A large number of visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the excitement of the fair.Wrestling is an important part of the event and is among the many activities done in the around 5-day affair. The local athletes get a platform to showcase their gymnastic skills and physical prowess.
The cultural carnival held in Bilaspur displays not only the arts, culture and entertainment of the state but also the lifestyle of the society. In Nalwari fair, families along with children come to the spot and get engrossed in the cultural rendezvous and dramatic.
A Documentary on Nalwari People’s Festival
Navratri Fair at Shri Naina Devi Ji
Shri Naina Devi Ji is one of the most notable places of worship in Himachal Pradesh. Located in Distt Bilaspur, it is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths where limbs of Sati fell on Earth. This holy place witnesses the huge crowd of pilgrims and devotees round the year and especially during Shravan Ashtami and in the Navratras of Chaitra & Ashwin.
Special fair is organized during Chaitra, Shravan and Ashwin Navrati, which attracts millions of visitors from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other corners of the country.