Fairs, Festivals and Craft

Fairs and festivals are an important part of any society in the world. In India, traditional fairs and festivals are connected with religious beliefs, folk-lore, local customs, changing seasons, harvests, etc.

In recent years, many cultural fairs and festivals meant for carrying the music, dances, art and crafts into the lives of people have also been introduced. This latter category is usually tourism-oriented. Examples of this are the Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Rajasthan) held in winter and the Khajuraho Dance Festival (Madhya Pradesh), where renowned Classical Indian dancers perform against the backdrop of the famous Khajuraho temples complex.

Khajuraho dance festival

Figure: Khajuraho dance festival (Madhya Pradesh)