Fairs and festivals celebrated across the state showcase the rich culture of 'Dev Bhoomi' in vibrant colours. This was state by governor Urmila Singh on the concluding ceremony of international Lavi fair.
The four-day fair concluded at Rampur in Shimla district on Thursday.
She said such celebrations not only uphold the rich cultural traditions of the state but also go a long way in strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and fraternity. They also infuse zeal and happiness among the people, she said.
The governor said people of the state were simple and religious and had deep belief in gods and goddesses and their faith reflected in the fairs and festivals which accord a distinct identity to the state as 'land of gods'.
“The state is regarded as a Pradesh where rich cultural traditions are still alive and the people deserve appreciation for this,” she said.
She said all efforts should be made to preserve the cultural heritage and keep up the old glory of traditional fairs and festivals as they also make the young generation aware of their culture and instill a sense of pride and dignity in them.
She said Lavi fair had its own historical importance and had remained an important trade fair between India and Tibet for centuries. It was a unique example of the glorious, social, cultural, economic and historical legacy of Himachal Pradesh, she added.
The governor lauded the efforts of the local administration for making sincere efforts to carry forward the rich traditions of the fair. She also gave away prizes to the winners of various events on the occasion.
Chief parliamentary secretary Nand Lal said Lavi fair was one of the greatest commercial fairs of north India. He also detailed about various steps being taken for women empowerment by the government.
A colourful cultural programme was presented by the cultural troupes of Mandi and Kinnaur districts on the occasion.