Socio-cultural and economic facets of Indian fairs
India is a land of cultures and heritage. Foe every heritage that we speak about, there exist a heap of mythological prospects and visions that have found their way to the vicinity of present day religion. To clarify, every religion that holds the idea of belief has a mythological base that sets up questions, wherein belief is the central factor of a religious background. The fairs and festivals in India, though majorly religious in nature, further possess a varied array of facets and themes that involve economic growth and socio-cultural continuity.
The socio-cultural impact of these fairs involve the following boons-
- Communities and cultures can be engaged in livelihood
- More social bonding and strengthening of communities
- Fairs reinforce cultural roots and values and enable communities to preserve their traditions
- Connection and revival of local arts, crafts, cuisines, dance, music and other forms of cultural expression
The economic impact of the fairs-
- Fairs bring more awareness and economic value to the regions in which they are celebrated
- They impose a positive impact on the local community, thus stabilizing their economic state
- They add economic vitality during the period of organization
- Local natives and artists benefit economically from the fairs, the effect and savings of which are preserved and used throughout the year
- One such fair that has positively impacted the natives of Ladakh is the Hemis Gompa festival.
About Hemis Gompa-
On the tenth day of the Tse-Chu month, which is also the Tibetan calendar’s Lunar month, the Hemis Gompa fair of Ladakh, India’s snow-capped heaven, is held for two days. The fair commemorates Guru Padmasambhava’s birth, which Shankyamuni predicted will occur on the 10th day of the 5th month of the “Monkey Year.”
The largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh is the Hemis monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site owned by the Drukpa lineage. To speak of the fair, it is a fusion of Buddhist and Tibetan culture, with many native Indians and foreigners wishing to see it. The tantric Buddhism, as well as the exhibition of ritualistic dances, is the fair’s most appealing feature. Guru Sambhava is said to have fought evil spirits and demons in order to protect his people, demonstrating that good triumphed over evil. To the sound of drums, cymbals, and long horns, the Lamas dance around the flagpole, strengthening and circling the fair. The fair’s highlight is the masks dance, also known as the “Cham-Dance.”
The masks worn by the Lamas depicts the many deities that have taken over them. Although masks obscure the immediate and mundane reality, they also evoke a different dimension of supernatural, mythical entities as super-sensible powers. These dances and celebrations often reflect the strength of conviction that is seen in intentions to dedicate oneself to the superior forces.
Given the immense popularity of Ladakh among tourists and visitors, this fair, which depicts a modern way of attaining spirituality by merging Buddhism and traditional Tibetan culture, is a big draw for many. The native people benefit from Hemis Gompa because it is through this fair that local handicraftsmen, musicians, and artisans gain economic momentum. The fair features a variety of native-run shops and stalls that, in addition to providing an economic boost for the locals, reinforce cultural and traditional relations.
Unique native handicrafts, Buddhist idols, Tibetan gems, and jewelry and hand-woven clothes and dresses are only a small facet of the massive glory that Hemis Gompa beholds in the eyes of the natives and in fact, many tourists and visitors from all over the world.