Festivals and Fairs in Ghaziabad
There is yet another bathing festival which is hugely observed in Ghaziabad with people bathing in Ganga in order to attend the great fair at Garhmukteshwar.
Ram NavamiRam Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Lord Rama. Ram Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of the bright half of Chaitra month as per the Hindu calendar. The Holy book Ramayana is recited along with the temples being illuminated. It’s a festival where people fast and break the ritual by visiting the temple and offering worships. This festival is followed immensely by people at their homes as well apart from the temples.
Naga PanchmiDedicated to serpent gods, Naag Panchami is celebrated with all the music, song and dance. It is considered to be a very auspicious festival according to Hindus as serpent gods are considered to be holy back from ancient times.
JanamashtamiJanmashtami is held on the eighth day of the dark half of the Hindu month Bhadra which marks the birthday of Lord Krishna, an avatar of deity Vishnu, the supreme one as per Hinduism. People in the city keep a day long fast breaking it at midnight. With all the temples and idols illuminated, the worships are offered in the midnight as it’s considered to be the birth time of the deity. Just like the temples, this festival is celebrated in individual homes as well. This festival is hugely celebrated at the Dudheshwar Nath Mandir with more than 50,000 people flocking up to the venue.
Garhmukteshwar Ganga FairYet again a unique but important festival of religious beliefs, Garhmukteshwar Ganga Fair is a highly sought after festival in the city of Ghaziabad. This is a bathing fair which is followed on the full moon day of the Hindu month Karthik. This festival is highly appreciated from people all over the country and the number of visitors goes up as high as 8 lakhs. People take a dip in the water of River Ganga before paying their homage to the lord of Garhmukteshwar temple.
ShivratriLord Shiva, which is considered to be one of the supreme deities, is worshipped in this festival. Shivratri is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated in the dark Hindu month Phalguna on the thirteenth day. This festival as many others, witnesses hundreds and thousands of people from all parts of the country. Believed to be path way to salvation, this festival is supposedly followed to purify oneself spiritually. All the people visiting the town offer worships, fruits, flowers and charity.
Apart from all the festivals mentioned above, the significant ones are Holi, Deepawali, Dussehra and Eid-Ul-Fitr where people follow their respective rituals and have an enthralling experience.The city of Ghaziabad is truly a festive land to be in. A must watch for all the people who like to explore varied colors and cultures.