Festivals of Jharkhand
Important festivals of Hindus are Holi, Divwali, Dashhara and Ramnavami. Other festivals like, Basant panchami, Chath, Jityya Bhaiya Duj, etc. are also Celebrated in this state. Important festivals of Muslim communities are Id-Ul-Fitre, Baqrid, Muharram, Shabe-barat. Specific festivals of the tribes are Karma, Manda, Sarhul, Jani shikar etc.
Kunda Mela in Pratappur
This mela is held at the time of falgun Shivratri and is marked by a big sale of cattle.
Kolhua mela in Hunterganj
It is an ancient fair held twice in a year during Magh Basant panchami and chait Ramnaumi respectively.There is a beautiful lake and ancient temple of Goddess Kali on the top of the hill. Its origin is not known. It is only a religious fair.
This mela is said to have started from 1882 and is principally a cattle fair held during Durga Puja.
Kundri Mela in Chatra
The probable year of its origin is 1930 and is held on Kartik purnima and is principally a cattle fair.
Kolhaiya Mela in Chatra
The probable year of origin is 1925. It is held on Magh Basant panchami and is principally a cattle fair.
Tutilawa Mela in Simaria
The probable year of origin is 1935 and is principally a cattle fair held on Falgun purnima.
The probable year of its origin is 1880. It is held at the time of Aghan purnima and is one of the biggest cattle fair of this district.
Belgada Mela in Simaria
The probable year of its origin is 1920 and this is principally a cattle fair held in Baisakh purnima.
Bhadli mela in Itkhori
There is an ancient temple of Goddess Kali and lord Shiva. The origin of the mela is not known. It is only religious gathering on Makar Sankaranti.
Sangharo Mela in Chatra
It is held in Sawan Purnima. The origin of this fair is not known.
There is a shrine of Data Amir Ali shah at Barura Sharif on the bank of Sat Bahini river in Pratappur It is said that the sufi saint came here in the latter half of the 18th century. The Hindus and the Muslim alike come here to pay respect to the reverend saint at his Mazaar. People suffering from evil spirits come here in large number and get themselves cured.
There is a Mazaar (Shrine) of Data Faham Khyal Shah at Rabda Sharif in Pratappur who was contemporary to Data Amir Ali Shah of Barura Sharif. Here annual fair of the saint is celebrated with pomp and grandeur.
The Graveyard of Jatrahibagh
In Jatrahibagh there is a graveyard .It is said that Muslim soldiers of the 1857 mutiny were buried here . It is also known as Anjan Shahid. During British period annual fair was held, hence it is called Jatrahibagh.
In Gudri Bazar Mohalla of Chatra there is a Sangat of Udasi Panth of Sikh doctrine where there is an old script of the Holy Gurugranth Saheb. It is venerated at this place and is kept in high esteem by the Sikhs and the Hindus as well. Thus, Chatra is an emblem of communal harmony where the Hindus, the Muslims and the Sikhs reside in peace and harmony.
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