34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela
Context: 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela was inaugurated by President of India in Surajkund, Haryana on 1st February, 2020.
A major emphasis has been laid down on the transformation of the philosophy of ‘Buy local for a better tomorrow’ into a movement.
The Mela is jointly hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs, Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana and Haryana Tourism Corporation.
Key Highlights of the Surajkund Mela
Celebrated at: Surajkund, District Faridabad
Celebrated during: 1st Feb to 16th February
Main attractions: Rich showcase of regional and international crafts and traditions
Vision: The Mela was conceived primarily to promote the pool of skilled artisans, who used indigenous technology, but were suffering due to the cheaper machine-made imitations.
Partner Nation for the Year 2020: Uzbekistan
Partner Nations over the years: Following is a list of partner Nations over the years.
Egypt became the Focus Nation in the 23rd Surajkund Crafts Mela-2009. That’s how the idea was mooted to introduce a country/nation as a Focus Nation.
Thailand was introduced as the first Focus Nation during the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela-2012.
A group of African Nations participated as Focus Nations in the 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2013.
Sri Lanka was participated as Focus Nation for 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2014.
Lebanon was participated as Focus Nation for the 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2015.
China and Japan was the Focus Nation for 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela -2016.
Kyrgyzstan was the partner Nation for 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2018.
Thailand was the the partner Nation for 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019.
Theme State: Himachal Pradesh (a replica of ‘Bhima Kali Temple’ and the already existing ‘Maheshwar Devta Temple’, promises to be the main attraction of this year’s Mela).
KEY FEATURES OF THE MELA
- England will participate for the first time in the Surajkund International Crafts mela.
- The girl students of government and government-aided Schools will be given free entry to the Mela on weekdays, as a part of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign of Haryana government.
- Renovated ‘Apna Ghar’ of Haryana will entrall visitors in a new avatar.
- Exporters and Buyers Meet is organised during the Mela fortnight that offers a ready support system for craftspersons to access and tap the export market.
- A complete ban is imposed on the plastic/polythene bags within the Mela premises.
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