Rajasthan Fairs And Festivals

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

During the winters, an annual event organized in the Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer makes the  desert come alive with bright and vibrant colours. This three days festival held every year in the month of  February showcases the rich Rajasthani folk culture. The entire city of Jaisalmer is bustling with colours,  music and dance, Rajasthani men and women dressed beautifully in hued costumes sing and dance on  the haunting ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. The Desert Festival is a great extravaganza with  various competitions and contest happening such as turban tying competition, longest moustaches  competition, entertaining puppet shows, folk dance competition and renowned musicians participate in  various folk musical recitals. Camels also are one of the main highlight of this event as they take part in  camel polo, camel dance and some other contests. This joyful festival of traditional Rajasthani culture and performing art and craft comes to an end with a captivating sound and light show amidst the sand dunes on a moonlit night.

Nagaur Fair, Nagaur

Second largest fair of India – Nagaur Fair is celebrated for eight days every year in the month of  January – February in the Rajput town of Rajasthan – Nagaur.  The fair is mainly known for its  animal trading and displays thousands of animals which are magnificently decorated with  colourful accessories to attract traders gathered from various places here. The fair is famous as  Cattle Fair as it boasts of trading about 70,000 bullocks, cows, camels, and horses. The owners of  the animals also dress with colourful turbans and long moustaches and are very enthusiastic about  selling their animals at the best possible price. Besides the trade of animals some other attractions  of the fair include Mirchi bazaar (largest red chilly market of India), wooden items and camel  leather accessories. Visitors enjoy the exciting sports activities being held here such as tug of war,  camel races, bullock races, cock fights and many more. The evenings with campfire and puppet shows is a delightful experience that gives the feel of the desert stillness and enchanting ambience with folk music of Jodhpur

Pushkar Fair, Pushkar

he famed Pushkar fair is one of the largest camel fairs in the world. The fair takes place for five days every  year in the holy city of Rajasthan – Pushkar on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. The main activity of this fair  is the trading of livestock such as camels, horses and cattle between villagers who come from different parts  of the state. Pushkar Fair has become one of the major tourist attractions of India and many tourists attend  this annual fair with great joy. Some of the enthralling competitions such as matka phod, longest moustache,  turban tying and balancing on camel contests are part of the fair. During this fair thousand of devotees  throng the lake around Kartik Purnima in October-November to take a holy dip in the lake to wash away  their sins. The fair jostle into life in Pushkar and the small town of Rajasthan becomes an extraordinary place  of colour, music and movement

Marwar Festival, Jodhpur

The Sun city of Rajasthan – Jodhpur organises Marwar Festival also known as Maand Festival in the month  of Ashwin (September – October) which is held for two days. The festival is dedicated to the folk heroes of  Rajasthan and a display captivating folk music and dance of the Marwar region, which revolves around the  lifestyle of the former rulers of Rajasthan and this act, is known as Maand. Camel tattoo show and camel  polo are some other attractions of the festival. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort makes  up as perfect host to the festival

Camel Festival, Bikaner

Camel the ship of the Desert holds a very important place in the heart and lives of Rajasthani people. To        recognize the importance of this useful animal, Camel Festival is celebrated with great joy in Bikaner every     year in the month of January. This grand celebration brings Bikaner city to life as the event opens with      beautiful & colourful procession of ornamented and accessorized camels that walks gracefully. The    magnificent and massive Junagarh Fort serves as the perfect backdrop to the festival. Many activities takes    place after the opening procession such as tug-of-war, camel dance competitions, puppet show, the best breed   of camel contest and many more enjoyable actions are seen. The best part of the festival is the wonderful  and  amazing Camel Dance show in which the brilliantly trained camels dance in synchronisation to the drumbeats  and music played for them and leaves everyone almost speechless

Gangaur Festival, Jaipur

Gangaur is one of the most significant festivals for women of Rajasthan and is celebrated for eighteen long  days. The festival is held in honour of goddess Gauri, who is believed to be the goddess of marital  happiness. This festival is celebrated all over Rajasthan by both married and unmarried ladies. The goddess  Gauri images are beautifully ornamented and decorated and offerings are made to please her and in turn  get  blessed with good husbands and health, wealth and long life for their husbands. There is a huge  procession  taken out of goddess by the ladies of Rajasthan dressed brightly in beautiful attires and sing  songs of  departure of Gauri to her husband’s house

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Teej Festival, Jaipur

Teej is a unique festival celebrated all over Rajasthan and some parts of North India,  but the real fun and       joy of this festival can be seen in Jaipur. Teej is dedicated to  goddess Parvati and takes place on the onset       of  monsoon somewhere in the month of  July – August. Jaipur celebrates the festival with lots of  enthusiasm,  women and young  girls dress up with colourful clothes and accessorises with bangles and  jewellery with  mostly green colour as it symbolises freshness. Decorated swings are hung from trees  in  various gardens  and lawns all over on which women and girls enjoy themselves and  sing songs to welcome   monsoon

Elephant Festival, Jaipur

A unique event held in the capital city of Rajasthan – Jaipur is the Elephant Festival. It is celebrated on the  day of Holi, the Indian festival of colours which is celebrated all over the country. The festival opens with    Elephant’s catwalk pageant, these giants are marvellously decorated and painted from trunk to tail with  glittering colours and accessorized with ornaments and embroidered velvets. The impressive procession also    includes chariots, camels, horses, cannons and palanquins etc that enthral the audience. Polo game and races  also entertain people there and lastly everybody celebrates the vivid festival Holi with full fun and joy

Urs Festival, Ajmer

Urs Festival is one of the most important and significant festivals of the Muslim community of India as it    marks the death anniversary of the Sufi saint,Khwaja Moin-ud-din-Chisti.This  festival is celebrated at the  lakeside city of Ajmer in Rajasthan where the holy Dargah Sharif is situated which houses the mortal  remains of the saint. The festival takes place on the first six days of the seventh month of the Islamic  calendar, known as Rajab. Devotees from all over the country gather at the Ajmer Dargah Sharif to pay their  respects to the Khwaja. They also give rich offerings that include sandalwood paste, roses, perfumes, jasmine  flower sincense, etc

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