Festivals of Rajasthan are as follows:
Desert Festival: Desert festival in Jaisalmer is a superb occasion to experience the sandstones and exquisite castles. The celebration lasts for 3 days- one can experience fancy camel journey, take part in camel races, polo matches, turban tying competitions and different other things. The greatest part about the festival is the folk dance concert on the last day of the occasion. The major attractions of the desert carnival of Jaisalmer include snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, folk performers, fire dancers and various other things.
Nagaur Fair: Second biggest 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 primarily known for its animal trading and displays thousands of animals which are brilliantly decorated with multi-coloured accessories to catch the attention of traders.
Mewar Festival: This grand festival is celebrated to welcome the season of spring. Though it has a unique charm about it, it coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur. It holds a special symbolic significance for the women of Rajasthan. They adorn themselves in best clothes and gather together to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur, which are then carried in a ceremonial procession through the different parts of the city. The cultural events take place once the religious part of the festival comes to an end. In the cultural programmes one can witness the beauty of the Rajasthani culture. There is a lot of activity surrounding this festival and the participants indulge themselves in unrestrained merriment throughout.
Shilpgram Festival: The name plainly translates to "Craftsmen’s Village", this celebration is to endorse arts and crafts in Rajasthan.
Teej: Teej is one of the most colourful festivals of Rajasthan. The festival of Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is celebrated in the state of Rajasthan in the months of July or August according to the English calendar. It is mainly celebrated by the women folk of Rajasthan. Traditional songs and dances in the praise of Parvati form a special feature of this grand occasion. During this occasion the women folk adorn themselves in their best outfits. In the remotest villages, swings are hung from trees and decorated with multi-coloured hues and flowers. The beautifully adorned idol of Teej Mata is taken out in a royal procession from the city palace so that the common mass can pay tribute to the Goddess.
Gangaur: This is one of the most special festivals of Rajasthan and holds a special significance for the Rajasthanis. This grand festival is celebrated in the honour of the ‘Goddess of Abundance’, Gauri. During this festival the young girls adorn themselves in their best outfits and seek the blessings of the Goddess for a spouse of their choice. The married females on the other hand pray for the welfare of their beloved husbands. The festivities actually begin a fortnight before the actual day and girls worship the Goddess throughout the preceding fortnight. The festivities in the regions of Bikaner, Nathdwara, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are full of pomp and a must see.
Kite Festival: One of the most exciting and popular festival of Rajasthan, the International Kite Festival is celebrated around Makar Sankranti every year. Locals, as well as tourists, fly kites of different shapes and colours and delight local delicacies and sweets offered everywhere.
Marwar Festival: This festival is held in the month of October in the region of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It is grandly celebrated to showcase the art and culture of the region and is also devoted exclusively to songs and dances. It is observed for two days during the full moon of Sharad Purnima. Horse riding, horse polo and various other competitions marks this hugely popular festival of the state.
Camel Festival: This is one of the important festivals of Rajasthan. The camel festival event, organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan every year in the first month of the English calendar. The folk dances and songs enhances the spirit of the festival and the activities of the camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements, beguile and gracility. The Camel Pageant is observed on the first day and the best-decorated camel is awarded. The tea and sweets prepared from camel milk are made available to the visitors who are interested in trying them out. The conclusion of the festival is marked by a magnificent display of fireworks, which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.
Brij Holi: Celebrated few days before Holi, this extraordinary Brij Holi is celebrated with devotion of Lord Krishna, dance, music, and splashing of colours. This is one of the most famed fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. Local people take a dip in the ghats of Ban Ganga River before offering prayer to the Radha Krishna Temple.
Urs Festival: The Urs festival is celebrated at the sacred tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, memorializing his symbolic union with Allah (God). Observed every year from 1st to 6th day of Rajab (7th Islamic month), this is one of the spiritual festivals of Rajasthan and attracts followers from all over the world. Here, the tomb is cleaned with rosewater and draped with an embellished silk cloth. This is followed by prayers and offerings.
Pushkar Camel Fair: This is one of the most traditional festivals in Rajasthan, where thousands and thousands of camels gather for trading. This one of its kind carnival is celebrated with music, dance and magic shows, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides.
Rajasthan International Folk Festival: The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival is a yearly celebration that has been organized in Jodhpur since 2007. It aims to endorse traditional folk music and arts. It is held every year on the Sharad Purnima - the brightest full moon of the year - at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
Kolayat Fair: Generally known as the Kapil Muni Fair, this mesmerising carnival is one of the most well-liked festivals in Rajasthan. During this event, all the 52 ghats are wonderfully decorated. People offer sweetmeats, milk pudding, and sugar drops to the idols of the deity. Devotees also take dip in the holy Kolayat Lake.
Kumbhalgarh Festival: Kumbhalgarh celebration is known for its vivacious musical shows, excessive dance recitals by local artists, and magnificent firework displays. Held with the Kumbhalgarh Fort in the backdrop, this cultural feast is a paradise for art and culture enthusiasts.
Bundi Festival: Bundi Utsav is a 3-day-long cultural extravaganza. The wonderful carnival includes a royal procession. Ethnic sports, folk dance performances, cultural events and competitions are the primary highlights of the celebration.
Baneshwar Festival: Baneshwar Festival is one of the popular tribal and cultural festivals of Rajasthan. Organised in the Baneshwar temple of Dungarpur, the festival is of most significance to the Bhills tribe. The tribe comes here all the way from Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh to take a holy dip at the union of Mahi and Som River.
Summer Festival: Mt. Abu celebrates the Summer Festival every year in the month of June. This three day festival held amidst sharp rocks, serene lake and pleasing climate of Mount Abu is a magnificent occasion to have a sneak in the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan.
Elephant Festival: This is indeed a unique event held annually in the capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur. During this festival one can witness a stunning spectacle of rows of elephants, all groomed to perfection and glittering in gold cat walking before a spellbound audience. It is in fact a festival time for the elephants that not only move gracefully in procession but also run races, play the royal game of polo and participate in the 'festival of colours’. The Elephant Festival of Rajasthan is one of the major tourist attractions of the state and reflects the ancient splendour of the bygone imperial era. In fact the inhabitants of Rajasthan revived the tradition by including the Elephant Festival in the cultural calendar.
Mahaveerji Fair: Mahaveerji Fair is one of the most celebrated festivals in Rajasthan. The celebration is mainly held in honour of the 24th Jain tirthankara, Shri Mahavir Swami. There are a number of fairs and festivals held in Rajasthan. These fairs and festivals are held in various part of Rajasthan.
Flamenco and Gypsy Festival: Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy fiesta is one of the most popular and biggest events celebrated in Rajasthan. The major purpose of the festival is to uphold a link between Rajasthan folk musicians and Flamenco (Spanish folk music) and gypsy artists from diverse parts of the world. Rajasthani folk musicians and Flamenco artists appeal the city with their wonderful shows.
Kallaji Fair: Kallaji Fair is the yearly fair in the Banswara district of Rajasthan. The fair is much admired by the local people of the area. It is generally held on the first Sunday of Navaratri. During the fair, a large number of tourists visit this place to witness this colourful event.
(Last Updated on : 28-04-2017)
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