Events of the month
On the last day of the month, we at Patna Diaries would like to do a quick recap of the major events that were held in Bihar. Every day a lot of activities happen at various parts of the state. These events cover all kind of topics. The events that we are going to cover this month are:
- India International Mega Trade Fair
For the first time in Patna, the India International Mega Trade Fair (IIMTF) was organized. It was from 4th January till 13th January 2019 in the International Convention Centre, Patna (more popularly known as Gyan Bhavan).
Around 100 stalls from various Indian states and foreign countries were set up. The stall from Thailand had many decorative pieces, like small little flower pots and statues. A stall from Pakistan had home decor items made of marble. The Hyderabadi stall had stylish furniture for your house.
One could buy clothes from the stalls from Kashmir (shawls), Punjab (Phulkari dupatta) and Pakistan (Salwar-Suit). The stall from Turkey had beautifully designed plates, lights, and cups.
One could also buy food items like dry fruits (Afghanistan), achaar (Rajasthan) and namkeen (Gujarat).
It was a mix of all kind of home decor, home essentials, clothing and eatery related stalls with items ranged at reasonable prices and good quality.
- Prakash Parv
Prakash Parv is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. He was born in Patna district of Bihar. Due to this reason, the Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji, Patna Sahib Gurdwara holds special importance for the Sikh community.
Prakash Parv was a three-day event which started from January 11 morning with “Prabhat Pheri” (morning procession). The procession consisted of believers who sang bhajans and took out a parade.
A huge tent city has been constructed near the Kangan Ghat which held the facility for the accommodation of around 5,000 pilgrims. Special langar was also arranged in the gurudwara to mark the 352nd birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
- Bodhgaya Mahotsava
The Bodhgaya Mahotsava was organized in the Kalachakra Maidan, Bodhgaya from 11 to 13 January 2019. Bodhgaya is the land where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment. The aim of organizing this festival was to promote tourism in Bihar.
The mahostava started with prayer service. Later, various musicians and artists from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and India performed in the Mahotsav.
The main highlight of the event was an exhibition fair where artists from various states presented unique products.
Did you attend any of these events? If yes, then do let us know your experience in the comment section below.