The main festivals in Murshidabad include Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha (Bakri-eid, locally). The eateries and the bus stands wear a deserted look during Ramadan, the month long festival of Muslims. Durga Puja, a five day long puja, is again an important festival celebrated in Murshidabad by Hindus.
Festival & Silk of Murshidabad:
Apart from Eid ul-Fitr & Durga puja there are some festivals which mark the grand tradition of the Nawabs:
Bera Utsav: This is one of the popular festival celebrated on near Hazar Duary palace on the bank of river Bhagirathi. The festival is orchestrated with spectacular traditional dance, songs and splendid fireworks on the bank of river Bhagirathi. The people from all sections irrespective of their caste, creed or religion participate in this festival and enjoy themselves. The festival symbolizes the religious harmony of the locality and also it marks the cultural legacy of the region.
Hazarduari Mela: The West Bengal State Tourism Department along with the Murshidabad District administration organizes the Hazarduari Mela (Fair) every year. Hazarduari Mela is held on an open air stage keeping the Hazarduari palace in the backdrop. Between the palace and the Imambara on southern flank of the palace ground, the stalls are set up where various handicrafts of Murshidabad district are displayed. The local artists of folk songs stage their performances at the Mela.