Lavi is a popular trade fair held at Rampur
and is celebrated during November. ‘Lavi’ literally means wool and the merchandise of Pashmina wool dominates the fair.
In the olden days, when the barter system was in vogue, the Lavi mela was an international fair. Traders from as far as Nepal, Kandhar, Tibet and China, besides India, converged on Rampur where tribesmen exchanged their produce for salt, tealeaves, jaggery and other necessities.
The 400-year-old Lavi Fair is the time for shopping traditional items such as Kalazira, chilgoza, walnut, almonds and other dry fruits. Horses and mules are also traded.
Folk dances including Mal dance are played on this occasion. In addition, the costumes of Lord Mahasu are displayed.
The fair has undergone a sea change in recent years with a large-scale entry of modern goods, which are edging out traditional items.