Uttarayani Fair


This fair is held in a number of places of Kumaun including Bageshwar, Chitrashila (Ranibagh), Rameshwar, Sult Mahadev and Hanseshwar etc. on Utarayani day ( Makar Sankranti ) .

At Pancheshwar the dola of Chaumu comes down to the temple.Merchants from far off distances like Tibet and Nepal come to the fair for brisk trading. Among the things bought and sold are blankets, durries, cane & bamboo articles.

The fair at Bageshwar attracts maximum people. Its commercial, cultural and political importance is still very high. Goods like iron and copper pots, baskets, bamboo articles, mats, herbs and spices mattresses, carpets, blankets, are sold during this fair. The Uttarayani fairs are often used as platforms by social and political workers and Bageshwar fair specially has played an important role in all the local movements .

At Haldwani a large procession is orgnised on this day. A number of people from Kumaun are participates in this procession.