National Book Fair

Book worms in the city wait for this every year. A big fair is held during the month of September or October every year for a period of ten days. Different kinds of book publishers and booksellers from all over the country assemble here to showcase their products or books they are selling. One can also find food and snacks to munch on while to buy your favourite books. Hours can go by as you try to choose your favourites from thousands of titles available here. 

Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid ul Fitr is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Lucknow. Eid comes from the Arabic word ‘oud’ which translates in English as ‘return’ and therefore it represents the return of this festival every year. The festivals holds much importance socially and also because of the time it is celebrated in. It is celebrated after a month long fasting of the Ramadan which a Muslim practice, according to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed that in the last 10 days of the Ramadan the Quran was revealed to Mohammed and hence it is celebrated. The Aishbagh Dargah is especially crowded and people get together to offer prayers. Then celebrations take place and people visit each other and there is lot of good food to go around. The festival also celebrates the joy of giving. It is celebrated in June, July every year. 

Bada Mangal

Bada Mangar is celebrated every Tuesday of Jeshtha (May-June) in Lucknow. Bada Mangal is mainly observed in Lucknow and the people here celebrate it with a great spirit by visiting the temple of Lord Hanuman. The origin of the festival is traced to the Naya Hanuman Mandir at Aliganj in Lucknow. A big fair is organized in the region during the period. The fair and the festival believed to be more than 400 years old became a symbol of Hindu-Muslim congeniality. All the Bada mangals devotees arrange bandhara, in which parshad is distributed to everyone. There is arrangement of Sharbat and food in different parts of city. The Bhandara serves different kinds of food to people such as Puri Sabji, Chola bhatura, Halwa Puri, Chana and many other things.

Id-ul-Zuha

Also known as Bakr-id but has many other names like - Eid-al-adha and Id-ul-Adha. This festival is celebrated with prayers and greetings and gifting. It is referred to as the festival of sacrifice. It is celebrated in the month of September - October every year. It is marked by rituals and celebrating good health and prosperity and showing devotion to God. Id-ul-Zuha also marks the completion of the Haj pilgrimage. 

Dussehra

A Hindu festival celebrated in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu calendar which coincides with September on the English calendar. The celebrations begins from the week of Navratri and finishes with the tenth day festival. It also marks the end of the summer season and celebrates the oncoming winter season. On the tenth day effigies of Ravana is burnt at various places and fairs are organized. It is also known as ‘Vijayadashmi’ because it marks the victory of good over evil, personified by Rama and Ravana respectively. People go out to celebrate and meet with other people and celebrate with much pomp and joy. 

Diwali

One of the biggest festival celebrated in India. It has huge importance culturally and otherwise. The real name of the festival is Deepawali which is Sanskrit in origin. This festival of lights is celebrated in the month of October/November every year. The festival of lights is celebrated throughout India and is a three to four days affair. This festival is important in many religions like - Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The festival is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The day he was welcomed, the city was lit up with several ‘diyas’. People light fireworks on the third day and meet with their friends and family. 

Kite Festival

The tradition of kite flying is very famous in the city during Makar Sankranti. This tournament, however, is organized on a very grand scale wherein a lot of clubs take part. It is usually celebrated in the month of January. The sky is full with various kinds of kites in different shapes, sizes and colours all handcrafted with attention to detail. The shops in Chowk, Aminabad and Hazratganj are full of kites. Kankawwa is the Lucknow style of kite which was perfected during the days of Nawabs. It is quite heavy and the shape is of a bird’s wing. Kite flying is an old tradition in Lucknow, which gives a sense of Competition.