Festivals in Ballia
Ballia is in Uttar Pradesh and hence all the festivals like Holi, Eid, Makar Sankranti, Teej, Bakrid and Diwali are celebrated in Ballia as well. However, there are some festivals which are celebrated in only Ballia. One of the most important festivals for the people of Ballia is Dadri Mela, the second largest cattle fair in the country. Dadri Mela is held annually to honour Dadar Muni, disciple of Maharishi Bhrigu. This fair is divided into two halves; in the first half traders sell and purchases their cattle and in the second phase cultural programs are held. This fair is held on the onset of Kartik Poornima which mostly falls in the months of October or November.
Another important festival for the people in Ballia is the Chatt Puja which is performed by the married women of the society.