Sipi is a unique fair held at a temple in Sipur
, a quiet glade located 12 km from Shimla
in Himachal Pradesh
. It falls in the month of April, and the place is alive with a variety of activities during this fair.
Sipi is traditionally a fair of match-making, and in early times as per some European writings, during this time, women were bought and sold, and the women who wish to divorce their husband made new relationships. Both widows and widowers search for their mates on this occasion.
This fair signifies that the women of this place are given substantial freedom to choose their lives.