Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who Tuesday presided over the concluding ceremony of the historic Lavi fair, a trade fair started during the reign of his ancestors Raja Kesar Singh of Rampur Busheshr, stressed the need of preserving the culture and customs of the hill state.
“The fairs being celebrated all over the state play an important role in promoting brotherhood and showcasing the rich traditional culture of Himachal Pradesh. There is a need to preserve the sanctity and history of Lavi fair as being popular for centuries and promoting old silk route of trade between India and Tibet,” he said. Lavi was a major trading center and the stopover point on the old trade routes that led to Kinnaur, Tibet, Ladakh and Afghanistan.
The CM, who went around the fair and spoke to the traders, said it was now the responsibility of the people to make the new generation aware of the age-old traditions and customs of the state. “No matter how far we progress in life, wherever we stay, but we should not forget our culture and our language, rather we should be proud of it,” he said.
He said the fair ground would be expanded to facilitate traders from the north who come here annually.