As Tripura is largely dominated by the Hindus, the festivals celebrated here are quite common to the festivals celebrated in the rest of India. In addition to this, there are many festivals unique to Tripura.
The main religious festivals of Tripura are the Durga Puja, Karchi Puja, Diwali, Dol Jatra, Pous Sankranti, Ashokashtami and Buddha Jayanti, Id, Christmas and New Year. The Garia, Ker Gajan festivals are important tribal festivities. During Ashokashtami there are special celebrations at Unakoti. The fourteen goddess temple tour in old Agartala attracts a lot of visitors for its Karchi Puja, and so does Tirthamukh on the occasion of the Pous Sankranti Mela. Some of the famous festivals and fairs celebrated are listed below.
The goddesses are worshipped every year in the month of July for seven days which is popularly known as kharchi puja. Large number of pilgrims both tribal and non-tribal from different parts assembles there to pay their offers. The place is 6km away from the capital.
The tribals of Tripura perform Garia Puja on the seventh day of the month of Baisakh (April) for seven days when the devotees man and woman take to dancing.
It is one of the most important religious festival of the Bengalis. This festival is observed at Tripura Sundari temple, Udaipur. A big colourful fair followed by cultural programme very often visited by the tourists.
POUS SANKRANTI MELA
Pous Sankranti Mela at Tirthamukh attracts devotees even from neighbouring states. Thousands of people, tribals travel every year on the occasion of Uttarayan Sankranti (on 14th January) at this place to take a holy dip in the river Gomati at this place of origin, known as Tirtha Mukh. There are various trips and tour packages organized for the tourists to participate in Sankranti Mela festival.
ORANGE AND TOURISM FESTIVAL
Orange and tourism festival of the state followed by a big fair popularly known as Ashokastami Fair is held at Unakoti Tirtha at Kailasahar Sub Division every year in March/April
Colourful Boat race is organized by the information Cultural Affairs and Tourism Department every year at Rudrasagar Lake to mark special cultural traditions followed by the Tripuris.
However, there are many more festivals and fairs celebrated by the state to mark its dominance over natural beauty.