The Fair in Photos

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It’s all twirling lights and colours - and of course traffic mayhem on the streets - amid the 10-day Mahim Fair in Mumbai. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

It’s all twirling lights and colours - and of course traffic mayhem on the streets - amid the 10-day Mahim Fair in Mumbai. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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The 10-day fair is held every year, in honour of the 14th-century Sufi saint and scholar Hazrat Makhdoom Shah Baba Mahimi, after whom Mahim is named. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

The 10-day fair is held every year, in honour of the 14th-century Sufi saint and scholar Hazrat Makhdoom Shah Baba Mahimi, after whom Mahim is named. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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This year’s edition began on Friday, with thousands pouring into the fairground near the Mahim dargah, or shrine. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

This year’s edition began on Friday, with thousands pouring into the fairground near the Mahim dargah, or shrine. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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The fair is, in a sense, a part of the city’s heritage, with mention of it as far back as the 1910 Bombay Gazetteer. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

The fair is, in a sense, a part of the city’s heritage, with mention of it as far back as the 1910 Bombay Gazetteer. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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Every December, about 5 lakh people offer sandalwood at the dargah, in memory of the saint (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

Every December, about 5 lakh people offer sandalwood at the dargah, in memory of the saint (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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The giant wheels are a big draw, but it’s not all fun and games. The dargah stays open as late as 1 am, during the fair, to accommodate as many devotees as possible. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

The giant wheels are a big draw, but it’s not all fun and games. The dargah stays open as late as 1 am, during the fair, to accommodate as many devotees as possible. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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Aventure sports are a big part of the festivities, and so are the Mumbai police. It is the local cops who offer the first piece of sandalwood, marking the beginning of festivities. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

Aventure sports are a big part of the festivities, and so are the Mumbai police. It is the local cops who offer the first piece of sandalwood, marking the beginning of festivities. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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Foodies, expect giant malpuas, arrays of colourful sweets, and a special biryani that vendors claim you can’t get anywhere else! (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

Foodies, expect giant malpuas, arrays of colourful sweets, and a special biryani that vendors claim you can’t get anywhere else! (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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Step into the fairground this week and you will find hundreds of stalls selling everything from kebabs to toys, clothes and knick-knacks for the house. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

Step into the fairground this week and you will find hundreds of stalls selling everything from kebabs to toys, clothes and knick-knacks for the house. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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You can take part even if you’re just driving by. Stop fretting about the noise and traffic and just soak it in. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

You can take part even if you’re just driving by. Stop fretting about the noise and traffic and just soak it in. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

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You’ll be rewarded with sights that are uniquely Mumbai – midnight selfies, mothers tugging at children whose faces are still aglow with excitement at 1 am, and trucks half-full, waiting to ferry tired-out revellers home. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

You’ll be rewarded with sights that are uniquely Mumbai – midnight selfies, mothers tugging at children whose faces are still aglow with excitement at 1 am, and trucks half-full, waiting to ferry tired-out revellers home. (satyabrata tripathi/ht photo)

PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2016 03:41 PM IST
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