Ganga Mahotsav, another important festival of Varanasi is celebrated for four days preceding Dipawali.
The Mahotsav brings out the unique culture and traditions of the city. People of all age groups, including children, participate in the related activities.
People also engage in games and enjoy different local cuisines marking the unity of the city. Maha Shivratri is one of the most famous festivals in Varanasi.
Maha Shivratri marks the auspicious marriage between Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. People can be seen distributing sweets on the roads of Varanasi
to all the passers-by. The inhabitants of the city consider visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple auspicious on this day. Varanasi is also famous
for the fairs and festivals conducted throughout the year. One such is the Dhrupad Mela which unfolds five days fair, filled with colors and
conducted at the Tulsi Ghat. The Dhrupad Fair is conducted to symbolize the musical tradition of the city and dedicated to Swami Haridas,
the Guru of Tansen. Another famous festival in Varanasi is the Ganga Dussehra. The festival is dedicated holy river Ganga, worshipped as
goddess by the Hindus. The festival is marked by the special Aarti performed on the banks of the Ganga by singing devotional songs to please
the river for her perennial existence. Hanuman Jayanti too is celebrated with deep religiosity. The huge variety of fairs and festivals make
the city of Varanasi very special for all the inhabitants and tourists visiting the city.