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Fairs and Festivals of Jamnagar

Jamnagar City, the recent version of earlier Nawanagarh has a royal ethnicity in its way of life and the people there prefer sticking to traditions and observing traditional norms and customs quite zealously. If we trace back in time and explore the history of Jamnagar we’ll see that this city actually basks in a royal splendor which comes from the Jadeja clan, the jams who had ruled over the land for several years and had left their indelible impression of royalty all through.

In the modern times the culture of Jamnagar still retains that royalty in it and people out there prefer to maintain that and show enough reverence for the royal traditions of Jamnagar. The festivals and fairs observed or celebrated in any city springs from its socio-cultural milieu and have a socio-cultural import too. Jamnagar is not an exception. The festivals and fairs celebrated in Jamnagar reflect its cultural richness, royalty and vivacity plus the enthusiasm of the people towards celebrate those in the most traditional way but with enough pomp and grandeur.

Fairs and Festivals of Jamnagar

Fairs Organized in Jamnagar

During most of the festivals in different parts of the city of Jamnagar, small and big fairs too are organized where huge number of stalls is put up selling mouthwatering eatables, clothes, jewelries and every other item to entice you to impulsive shopping. Marquees tents and stages are also put up at different places where musical instrument players ceaselessly play melodious numbers entertaining all the crowds at the fair. Even dance programs, dramas or puppet shows are arranged at specific hours of the day. There are Merry-Go-Rounds, toy trains etc to take your merry-making to skyrocketing limits.

Festivals Celebrated in Jamnagar

Now let’s take a look at the major festivals you get to observe in the Jamnagar city:
  • Makkar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great religious fervor here and people at that time observe the very renowned Kite Festival. This festival is celebrated each year on the 14th of January and signals the Sun’s cosmological entry into Tropic of Capricorn’s Axis. On this day you’ll all the Kite lovers of the city getting together and indulging in a hilarious kite flying competition.
  • Janmasthami: Janmasthami has a special significance in Jamnagar as Dwarka, the land of Lord Krishna is just beside the city only. On the 23rd of the Hindu of Sravana the many Vaishnav devotees plus Hindu devotees of the city celebrate Janmastami; i.e. Lord Krishna’s birth Anniversary, with great pomp and piety.
  • Navratri: Navratri is truly a very colorful festival for which the city is well famed and its unique charm lies in the famous Dandiya Ras or Garba Ras dance in which all the youngsters of the city invariably participate. The festival continues for a span of 9 days and pulls a huge of crowd from all across India.

Other Festivals Celebrated in Jamnagar

Even Holi and Diwali are celebrated in Jamnagar quite gleefully. The festival of colors and that of lights are itself charming and in a city that follows traditional norms when it comes to observing festivals their charm increases a tenfold.

During these festivals almost in all the houses of the city various sweet dishes and snacks such as gathiya, ghugra, ras malai, gulab jamun, ras patra, barfi, peda, mesub etc are prepared to add to the mood and ambiance of festivity.

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