The people of Himachal pradesh are extremely simple, very colorful and great believers in the powers and blessings of their local deities. They dance, enjoy, wearing colorful dresses and ornaments during these fairs. The fairs/ festivals which are very famous in the people of Himachal and all over India are Kullu Dussehra, Manimahesh Chhari Yatra and Lavi fair which are celebrated at state level where Himachal government makes all necessary arrangements of water, electricity, accommodation and law & order.
There are above 2000 deities who are worshipped in Himachal Pradesh and numerous fairs and festivals are held in their name and honor. Culturally, it is an amalgam of Shiva and Shakti cult of which their social life has become the synthesis of all traditional observances connected with these fairs and festivals. A brief description of some of these fairs and festivals can easily be combined with treks around these places.
New Year starts with National Snow Statue Competition at Kufri near Shimla. It is also time for ice-skating in the state capital. This festival marks the sowing of the Rabi (winter) crop.
In March there is a festival to celebrate the marriage of Shiva signifies ritual gaiety at the famous Baijnath shrine. The cattle fair at Nalwari, Bilaspur is set amidst carnival atmosphere. Chait Durga Asthami is celebrated in the Shakti shrines at Hathkoti, Chintpurni, Jwalamukhi and Vajreshwari.
In April, Chhat celebrations are held in Kullu and Chamba. Paonta Sahib welcome Hindu and Sikh devotees on Baisakhi and Navratri too begins this month. Fairs are held in Chamba, Bilaspur, Kangra and Rohru village in Shimla district.
Dussehra, which is one of the most sacred festivals of the Hindu religion is famous by the name of Kullu Dussehra start with Navratri.
During Deepawali in November, on the banks of Sutlej river, the Lavi fair continues for three days. At Sirmaur, idols of Parasuram are immersed in the gentle waters of Renuka Lake.
Shimla has the tradition of celebrating Christmas from the days of the British period. To take part on the eve of Christmas, people from all over globe try to come. But before Christmas, in the second week of December, the International Himalayan festival is held in Dharmshala.