people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt and nobody can really match the
gay abandon with which the Rajasthani surrenders himself to the numerous
fairs and festivals that are celebrated here.
There are animal
fairs, to mark the chanting seasons. In fact, celebrations occur almost
round the year and provide the visitor with a splendid opportunity to gain
an insight in to the life of the Rajasthani. There is dancing, singing,
drama, devotional music and other community activities that can enthrall
Some of the more important fairs and festivals are
the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer (held in January- February), Pushkar
Fair, held in Pushkar, near Ajmer (November), Gangaur
Festival, Jaipur (Murch- April ), Elephant Festival, Jaipur
(March- April ), Marwar Festival, Jodpur (October), Camel
Festival, Bikaner(January), Mewar Festival, Udaipur.
here is a very small selection of the countless number of exciting events
that are held in Rajasthan throughout the year.
(Jan-Feb.): Essentially an animal fair, it
provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.
(Jan-Feb.): 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.
(Jan-Feb.): 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.
(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.
,Udaipur (March-April): A festival to welcome the
spring season. There is song, dance, processions,devotional music and
fireworks where almost everybody participates.
,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 colours. A show is organised with
the elephants turning out in their best finery.
,Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar): Held in the
memory of the revered Sufi saint Khawaja 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 organised to mark the festivals.
, Mt.Abu (June): Organised 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.
Jaipur (July-August): A festival to mark the advent of
monsoon.Processions,women dressed in bright colours and a lot of
merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a womens festival, it
is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars
where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
,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
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 a mammoth cattle fair.
Bazaars,auctions,music and sports are highlight of this event.
,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.