The Surajkund International Mela is an annual cultural festival held in the Surajkund area of Faridabad, Haryana in India. The event, which is organized by the Haryana Tourism Department, has been held every year since 1987 and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.
The Mela, which takes place in February, celebrates the diverse culture and traditions of India and provides a platform for artisans, craftspeople, and cultural groups from all over the country to showcase their skills and talents. The event features a wide variety of activities including music and dance performances, folk arts and crafts demonstrations, and traditional sports and games.
After about 25 years in the International Surajkund Handicrafts Fair, the cuisine of the North Eastern states will be tasted. Also, people will be able to taste pizza and bajra roti in the fair premises. This time the Surajkund Mela will be organized from February 3 to 19.
The flavors of Manipur's Chahao Kheer, Meghalaya's Fruit Chat, Tripura's Bhangui Biryani and North Eastern States' Bamboo Biryani will be available in the fair premises. Earlier in the year 1998, seven states of the North East were made the theme states of the fair and at that time only one stall of Bamboo Biryani was set up.
This time the eight states of the North East, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura have been made theme states and the fair has also been extended. In view of this, arrangements have been made for the cuisine of the North Eastern states in the fair. Sarang Dutta, the nodal officer for the northeastern states, said that although fish is used as food in the northeastern states, vegetarian food is being prepared here.
The 36th Surajkund International Handicrafts Fair 2023 will be larger than in previous years, as the fairground has been expanded by approximately five acres. The mela complex was previously 45 acres and will now be 50 acres. Additionally, 202 new huts will be added to the mela complex, specifically in the Jhula area near the Delhi entrance, bringing the total number of huts to 1359.
The Surajkund International Mela is not only a celebration of India's rich cultural heritage, but also an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the country's diverse traditions and practices. It is an event that is enjoyed by people of all ages and is an important part of the cultural calendar in Haryana.