articles by Hardika Dayalani and Ritayan Mukherjee


At the Sonepur Cattle Fair, humans and animals meet to celebrate myriad cultures and traditions

Touted as Asia's largest cattle fair, the carnival in Bihar's Sonepur village is held a fortnight after Diwali, on the day of Kartik Poornima. Located at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Gandak, the village attracts traders from as far as Central Asia during this time of the year, with the carnival going on for close to a month.


At Gujarat’s Tarnetar Fair, matchmaking and cultural celebration go hand in hand

Every year in the month of September, Gujarat’s Tarnetar village gears up for a much-awaited three day-long fair. The Tarnetar Fair, however, is like no other — it’s a marriage mart, with families matchmaking, and women and men looking for prospective partners at the carnival.