The Uttarayani fair is a very important fair of Uttarakhand. It holds significance in the cultural and social aspect of the state. This fair is not organized at only one but many places throughout the land of Uttarakhand. Places like Bageshwar, Rameshwar, Suit Mahadev, Chitrashila and Hanseshwar hold this fair. But, among all these places, it is Bageshwar where maximum number of people gather. People, on this day take a holy dip at the Ganges.
The sight on this day is a visually enthralling one. The mood, during
this festival is just terrific. All night long people sing and dance.
One is sure to enjoy the impressive performances by the folk artists.
They sing Jhoras, Chancharis and Bairas.
The fair is also connected to the rich history of the state, as in the
past too; this fair has played a very important role during the freedom
movement. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi came to Bageshwar. At present, it is
an important commercial hub and various items like iron and copper pots,
baskets, casks, bamboo articles, mats, matresses, carpets, blankets,
herbs and spices are traded here during the fair. During the night,
local music and dance festivals are organized here, which go on the