India is popularly known for its vivid culture, customs, traditions and its vibrant festivals that take place all through the year. One of the major festivals of India is the Surajkund Mela that takes place in Faridabad, which is located in the northern state of Haryana.
Annually organised by the Haryana Tourism Department, 2018 marked the 32nd year of the Surajkund Craft Mela. The fair goes on for 15 days, and this year it was held from February 2-18.
The Surajkund Mela has a plethora of stalls with many heritage craft products on display like Phulkari embroidered dupattas (stoles) from Punjab in the north, shawls from the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, mirror-work from Gujarat in the west, eastern state of Bihar’s Madhubani paintings and tie-dye work from Rajasthan in the west, along with a multitude of other Indian handicrafts like textiles, wood, pottery, stonework, jewellery, etc.
Folk dance, Nukkad Natak (street play) and other performances keep the visitors entertained. Food stalls sell Indian delights particular to different states, for example, you can have litti chokha (chickpea stuffed dough balls served with mashed eggplant or potato) from Bihar, makki ki roti with sarson ka saag (cornbread with mustard greens) from Punjab, rawa dosa (semolina crepes) from southern India, and much more.
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