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Festivals & Fairs
Rajasthan is love for color and joyous celebrations is proved by the
elaborate rituals and the gay abandon with which he surrenders himself to
the numerous fairs and festivals of the region. In addition to the festivals
celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and others, there are also the traditional
There are animal fairs, there are religious fairs and there are fairs to
mark the changing seasons. In fact, celebrations occur almost round the year
and are a splendid opportunity for the visitor to gain an insight into the
life of the Rajasthani. Other than the traditional fairs, recently
established festivals, which involve elephants, camel races, dance and
music, have been specially organized for the tourists. Among the better
known fairs of Rajasthan are:
Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (January - February)
Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in
some of the local sports.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (January - February)
One of the most popular of all festivals, it is a journey into the heart of
the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm of its own. A true
show on the sands, which attracts even the much traveled visitor.
Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (January-February)
A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the
centre of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighboring
states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan
in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.
Gangaur, Jaipur (March - April)
A festival devoted to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. It is time
for young girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms of their
choice while the married women pray for the well-being of their husbands.
This 18-day festival is laced with various activities and culminates in a
grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to escort his bride home.
Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March - April)
A festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance, processions,
devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates.
Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March - April)
A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to
watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colors. A show
is organized with the elephants turning out in their best finery.
Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar calendar)
Held in the memory of the revered Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti,
it is an occasion for thousands of believers to congregate at the shrine and
offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to take on a festive air and several
programmes are organized to mark the festivals.
Summer Festival Mt. Abu (June)
Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest
place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of
gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to
relax and enjoy himself.
Teej, Jaipur (July-August)
A festival, to mark the advent of monsoon. Processions, women dressed
in bright colors and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a
women's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at
various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October)
A festival devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Marwar
region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy
the folk traditions of this part of the state.
Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November)
The well-known and marked with largest participation of all the
festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar is an important
Pilgrimage as well as the venue of mammoth, cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions,
music and sports are highlight of this event.
Camel Festival, Bikaner (January)
An enchanting desert city, which comes alive with music and dance. It
is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some
unusual folk performances, camel race, camel dance etc. here.
14 January is
celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti - heralding the transition of the sun
into the Northern hemisphere. It is also a big kite day in most parts of
India when children from 6 to 60 can be seen with their heads turned to the
sky. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this
riotous celebration and shouts of " Woh Kata Hai !" reverberate from
rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversaries’ kites are cut down.
And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game.