Famous Festivals of Rajasthan to Experience This Year
Rajasthan celebrates several festivals during the year, and a few of them are the main cultural festivals of Rajasthan. The accurate colour of Rajasthan can best be seen in the colourful and passionate celebration of various festivals and fairs all around the year. Each region has their form of Folk entertainment, its Traditions, and its dialect, adding to the Indian diversity.
Elephant Festival, Jaipur
Taj Mahal Place: Jaipur
Date: March Every year
Time: March (Phagun), on the eve of Holi
Rites & Rituals: Elephant Festival is the major Festival observed in Jaipur. The colourful Festival dedicated to the big mammal attracts tourists from every corner of the world. The fascinating spectacle starts with a massive procession of elephants, camels, horses and folk dancers. The other attractions of the Festival include the playing of Holi on elephant back, elephant race and the tug-of-war between elephants. The sight of mighty elephants walking majestically is sure to leave any onlooker mesmerized. Prizes are given to the most beautifully decorated elephant.
Gangaur Festival, Rajasthan
Place: The festival is observed throughout the state
Date: March or April Every Year
Time: March (Chaitra), the day following Holi
Rites & Rituals: For the married girls of Rajasthan, it is binding to observe the full course of 18 days of the festival. It is believed that by doing so, they will lead a happy and prosperous married life. The ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing designs with myrtle paste. Women make the clay images of Isar and Gauri, which are revered as the major deities in Rajasthan.
The festival reaches its climax on the 7th day when spinsters go around singing traditional songs carrying pots on their head. On the last day of the festival, women carryout a huge procession and bid farewell to the Goddess Gauri.
PUSHKAR FAIR Rajasthan
Date: October / November Every year
Rites & Rituals: The fascinating Pushkar Fair offers all the things that bring smile on the face of an avid traveler. Reputed as the biggest cattle fair in the world, it offers a breathtaking spectacle of fun and frolic. During the fair, the otherwise quiet changes its color and becomes a happening place.
The fair attracts a number of cattle breeders from across the world. They bring a large number of cattle of various breeds to be paraded and sold here. The fair also attracts a large number of villagers from different parts of the state who come here to enjoy the peaks of festivity and fun.
A number of makeshift tents offering exquisite handcrafted items and other specialties of Rajasthan add to its attraction.
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Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan
Date: February Every Year
Rites & Rituals: Desert Festival is the perfect occasion to take a glimpse into the royal past and affluent cultural heritage of Jaisalmer. The festival offers a breathtaking spectacle of folk dances, traditional songs and various competitions that virtually set the deserted land of Jaisalmer on fire. The festival exudes a delightful spirit and for three days the entire town is clustered with colorfully dressed people.
The major attraction of the Desert festival include:
- Gair Dance
- Turban tying competition
- Mr. Desert Competition
- Camel rides on sand dunes
Rites & Rituals: Baneshwar Fair holds a significant importance among the tribal of Rajasthan. It offers a unique and much awaited opportunity to the rural mass to take a break from their routine and enjoy the various colors of the festival. The fair starts with a ceremony in which saffron is applied to the Shiva Linga in the temple of Baneshwar Mahadev.
The major attractions of the Baneshwar fair include:
- Acrobatic feats by the skilled jugglers
- Traditional songs and folk dances
- Magic shows
- Joyrides including giant wheel, merry-go-round
In addition to this, a number of shops enable the companies to display their products to the rural masses.