An annual celebration of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage, Surajkund International Crafts Mela, commenced from 1st of Feb and will go on till Feb 15th. It is the largest crafts fair in the world, which is unique and showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India. Every year more than a million tourists from around the world throng the Surajkund Mela in Faridabad, Haryana.
Surajkund Crafts Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. Every year the mela celebrates the culture of a particular state and this year, in the 31st edition of mela, the state of Jharkhand has been chosen to be the theme state. For the first time, Jharkhand has got the opportunity to promote and display its culture, arts, crafts, handlooms, customs and traditions at the Surajkund Mela. 20 countries and all the states of India are participating in this mega Art event in Faridabad.
In this art festival, a large number of renowned national and international folk artists and cultural groups perform daily at the Chaupals and the open-air theatres located in the Mela premises. Also, every evening enthralling cultural programs are held at the main Chaupal. The Mela acts a custodian of the heritage crafts involving the use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine-made imitations, and a special section is earmarked for showcasing of these heritage crafts. For the foodies, the multi-cuisine Food Court provides ethnic cuisines from every part of India and the world. For adventure and entertainment seekers, there are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela aims to identify the lesser known crafts f our country and give them a platform where they get introduced to patrons. For foreign tourists, it is a perfect place to get a glimpse of the whole of India at one place. The rich cultural legacy and heritage of our country gets displayed in all its glory at the Surajkund Crafts mela. A splash of colors, the rhythm of drum beats and joy de-Vivre, merge at Surajkund in Faridabad.