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November 13, 2010

International Lavi Fair, a big draw in Himachal Pradesh

Rampur (Himachal Pradesh): A four-day international Lavi Fair began this week in Himachal Pradesh's Rampur city with people from Tibet, China and Afghanistan participating in the fair. The fair is a blend of business and culture. With this fair the traders are benefited while the rich culture and tradition of the State is promoted. "Many people from Kinnaur, Lahul- Spiti and Tibet come for trade here. This fair is being organised from past 200-250 years. This fair is being organised with the help of local administration and city council," said B. R. Negi, organiser of International Lavi Fair. Pashmina is one of the biggest draws at the fair, along with agriculture products like dry fruits and nuts being sold in a large numbers. "Tibetan goods and Chinese items are on sale here in this fair, and nuts from Kinnaur are also being sold here. Though they are costly because of inflation but we have to buy, so we are buying," said Usha Chauhan, a visitor. The fair is named after 'lovi' (woolen long coat), which is a traditional dress that people wear during winters in the Shimla and Kinnaur districts. It has been celebrated since the time of Raja Kesar Singh of Rampur.

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