Traditional ‘Donkey Fair’ Ujjain Begins

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Traditional ‘Donkey Fair’ Ujjain Begins
Traditional ‘Donkey Fair’ Ujjain Begins

Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): The traditional ‘Donkey Fair’ began in Ujjain. The fair is organised every year from Ekadashi to Purnima (full moon night) every year of the Hindu calendar year.

Mules and donkeys from the length and breadth of the country are brought here to be bought and sold.

Interestingly, the beasts of burden are coloured before being brought into the fair. They are also named and each animal carries its name on its body.

Apart from these animals, horses too are a big draw at the festival. Traders from all over the country one to the fair with different species of horses to be bought and sold.

While visiting the fair, many participants spoke about their business and one trader, Bablu Prajapati said, “It is my traditional business. We buy donkeys and mules from different places and sell them here in Ujjain. A few donkeys have been sold out and a few are left whose deal is in process”.

A buyer who arrived from Maharashtra, Dadabhau Gote Rao Shinde said, “I have come here to buy donkeys. This fair is being organised for years. Our father and grandfather used to come here to buy donkeys”.

Notably, this is one of the 2 biggest donkey fairs in India. The other of course is the Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan.

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