India has a tradition of festivals. From national festivals to social ones, people come closer, enjoy and forget their differences. Festivals break the monotony of our day-to-day life. In Bihar there is a long list of festivals and people celebrate them with full joy and happiness.
Food remains an important part of any culture in the world. Often the food habits of people identify them with the particular place they belong to. The cuisine of Bihar therefore has its uniqueness and features that make it popular in the neighboring states of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Bihar has attained international recognition through arts and crafts since several centuries. The famous Madhubani and Mithila painting are at par and renowned on national spectrum and are therefore usually denoted with Indian paintings of global standards from Bihar. Darbhanga and Madhubani districts are famous for such paintings.
Held in the world famous religious center of Gaya in Bihar, Pitri Paksha Mela is an annual religious festival held for a fortnight. The venue of this fair is on the Falgu River banks. As per the Bihar Tourism Department estimation, this festival attracts pilgrims in the range of 5,00,000 to 75,00,000 every year.
Sonepur Cattle Fair of Bihar is one of the most notable festivals in the state of Bihar which has its global recognition. The festival is also denoted with other names Malegaon Mela and Harihar Kshetra Mela but its global popularity is of Sonepur Mela. This festival is organized on Kartik Poornima in Bihar’s Sonepur area and continues for one month. The location of Sonepur Cattle Fair on the Ganges and Gandak River confluence make it important on religious grounds as well.
Bihar maintains its unique identity and tradition through many thing including lifestyle and costumes that differ its people from the rest. In the usual cases, people of Bihar prefer their traditional costumes that include the common dhoti-kurta worm by menfolk while women prefer sarees and so do they like various designs of kameez-salwar to wear on daily basis. Their traditional ‘seedha aanchal’ saree wearing practice is very much noticeable and which distinguishes them from the rest.
This dance is done by village women in order to pray Lord Indra for rain, in times of drought when the lands cracks and becomes parched. Jhumeri Dance of Bihar is similar to “Garva of Gujrat”. Specialized to the married women, it is a folk dance of Mithilanchal of Bihar.Bihar is an agriculture based State. In the harvesting season, male and female villagers do their work with dance and song in the field. Their happiness and joy is the symbol of good crop.