Governor Bandaru Dattatreya will inaugurate the annual International Lavi Fair, the only trade fair of Himachal, on November 11. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will preside over the closing ceremony on the November 14.
While trading will be the main attraction during the day, cultural programmes will be held in the evening. Singer Kailash Kher will perform on November 14.
Local artistes Hari Sandhu and Thakur Dass Rathi will perform on the opening day, while Geeta Bharadwaj, Inderjeet and Sujata Mazumdar will delight the audience on November 12.
Locals celebrate the event to commemorate the Mutual Trade Treaty that was signed between Rampur Bushahr and Tibet. The venue of Lavi fair is on the banks of the mesmerising River Sutlej, and one can get a glimpse of the traditional methods of trade of essentials that include wool, horses, mules, yaks, dry fruits etc. These items are either sold or bartered and the entire experience at the foothills of the Himalayas in November is an exhilarating experience to have.
Lavi Fair is also called the International Lavi Trade Fair which has been held in the region for over 300 years. It is considered a legacy of Himachal Pradesh. The rich cultural, social and economic history is celebrated during this fair and hence it is also believed to have high aesthetic significance in Shimla. It is an international fair and people participate in this event with great enthusiasm. The platform is never missed by the traders as it only helps them build and strengthen the bond on a personal level.