Baisakhi Mela or Baisakhi Fair is one of the most colourful aspects of Baisakhi celebrations in the state of Punjab. One can find vivid and vibrant colours of life in rural Punjab in such fairs. Happy with the harvest and the ensuing prosperity, men and women dress themselves in their fanciest clothes and participate in the Baisakhi fair with joy and gusto. Various activities have been incorporated in Baisakhi fairs to give people a chance to let their hair loose and enjoy the spirit of life and inner freedom.
Baisakhi Fairs are extremely popular amongst the people of Punjab. People come with their family and friends to participate in fairs from far off places. Most fascinating features of Baisakhi Mela are bhangra and gidda performances. Other activities that enthrall people are races, wrestling bouts, singing and acrobatics. Performance of folk instruments, such as vanjli and algoza is also quite popular.
More colours are added to Baisakhi Fairs by the numerous stalls selling bangles, toys, local handicrafts and other trinkets of domestic use. Food stalls are also a major crowd-puller in a Baisakhi Mela. Baisakhi Fairs is marked of Talwandi Sabo. Here, Guru Gobind Singh stayed for nine months and completed the recompilation of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Popularity of colorful Baisakhi Fairs is not restricted to villages of Punjab, Baisakhi melas are equally popular in big cities and towns in Punjab and also in other cities of India where there is a significant Sikh population. Huge Sikhs diaspora in countries around the world has made Baisakhi Melas globally popular. Thanks to a significant Sikh population in UK, Vaisakhi Fairs are organized with gusto at Trafalgar Square in London. High level of energy and enthusiasm in Baisakhi fairs pulls towards itself people of other communities and religions. Baisakhi celebrations of Toronto, New York and New Jersey are quite popular. Presence of popular Indian cine stars and singers add more excitement to Baisakhi Fairs organized in foreign countries. Energetic Bhangra and Gidda performance and the very tasteful Punjabi cuisine have helped Baisakhi make its mark in the international scene.