List of few other important fairs

  • Darjeeling – Teesta Tea & Tourism Festival is held in Darjeeling and other northern districts in November-December.
  • Jalpaiguri – The month-long Jalpesh Mela is organised on the occasion of Shivratri in the months of February and March at Mainaguri in the district of Jalpaiguri.
  • Malda – Mango and Tourism Festival is held in July in the district, famous for its mangoes.
  • South Dinajpur – ‘Mokha Nach’, a dance with wooden masks and folk opera ‘Halna-Halnani’ are performed during Teesta Ganga festival in February.
  • Bankura – Bishnupur Festival is held in temple town of Bishnupur in Bankura district between December 27 and 31.
  • Bardhaman – Mahishmardini Puja in Kalna is a special attraction during Autumn.
  • Birbhum — Kenduli Mela is held at Kenduli in Birbhum district in January, known for congregation of ‘bauls’ or wandering minstrels of Bengal. Poush Mela is organised from 7th Paush every year (month of January) at Shantiniketan, where the Visva-Bharati university founded by Rabindranath Tagore is situated. Vasanta Utsav (Spring Festival) is held at Shantiniketan in the month of March.
  • Purba Medinipur – Bhim Mela on 11th day of Bengali month Magha and Charak Mela (both local festivals).
  • Paschim Medinipur – Gajan Festival is celebrated in Chaitra Sankranti (Bengali year-ending).
  • Hooghly – Rathyatra of Mahesh, the second oldest chariot festival of India after that of Puri, is held in June-July.
  • Howrah – A special festival is held in March-April at the Ram temple very near Santragachhi Jheel, known for visit of migratory birds.
  • Nadia – Rash Mela is held at Shantipur and Nabadwip. Sotimar Mela at Ghoshpara Kalyani and Lalan Mela at Kadamkhali village at Asannagar are also well-known.
  • South 24 Parganas — Gangasagar Mela is held in mid-January in Sagar Islands (South 24 Parganas) on the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti
  • Among other festivals, Jhapan is a local festival for goddess Manasa celebrated in western districts of the state in mid-August while Hul Dibas is marked throughout the state in memory of martyrs of the 1885 Santhal uprising against the British.
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