Cultural Festival of Poush
West Bengal is the land of fairs and festivals. Poush Mela in Santiniketan is very colorful rural carnival. It is a three day-long fair held in Birbhum district of West Bengal. According to Bengali calendar, this fair falls on the 7th day of the Poush month which is around 23rd Dec.
Duration of Poush 2016 : 23/12/2016 - 26/12/2016
People belonging to different cultures and traditions from different parts of country and even from different parts of world participate in this fair.
This festival is celebrated at Shantiniketan in Birbhum which is home of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The rich cultural heritage of Bengal is well known. Bengal has been the motherland of many intellectuals and great artists. This week-long poush fair is celebrated. The fair is famous for the perfect merger of different cultures and traditions of different parts of rural india. Visitors enjoy and experiance the rich heritage of Bengal in this fare.
In earlier days the fair was held in the ground on the north side of Brahma temple (also known to as glass temple). With time, as the fair increased in size, it was shifted to the field in Purbapalli. Poush Mela is characterised by its live performances of Bengali folk music, specially bauls and Tribal dances (Santali). The students of Santiniketan present their splendid performance and make this festival more enjoyable and glamorous.
Each day of this festival is filled with different activities.
The last day of this fair is devoted to those who are related to Santiniketan. Poush Mela now attracts attention of not only the people of Birbhum district but tourists from all around. Some 1,500 stalls take part in the fair.
Total number of tourists pouring in for this fair is around 10,000. According to Government statistics, daily around 35000 tourists comes to visit this fair.
Poush Mela is one of the biggest exhibition of handicrafts from not only Bengal but from other part of India as well. Apart from the Batik print and Taant saree you will also find handloom stores by artisans from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. In Poush Mela, you can also find most enthralling rural handicrafts from Bengal and other states at very reasonable price. Apart from handicraft, you also get to taste the local food at more than hundred food stalls. The fair offers a perfect insight of true heritage of the state.
With hundreds of food stalls, local handicrafts, rides and chilly night in December, what else do you need to make you visit this fair.