The Rajasthani’s love for colour 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 fairs.
There are animal fairs,there are religious
fairs and there are fairs to mark the changing seasons.
Infact,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 organised for the tourists. Among the better known fairs of
Nagaur Fair, Nagaur
(Jan-Feb.): It is an animal fair, it provides an
opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.): It is one of the most popular
festival of Rajasthan. 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.
Fair, Baneshwar (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
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
Festival, Udaipur (March-April):A festival to welcome the spring
season. There is song, dance, processions,devotional music and fireworks
where almost everybody participates.
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 colours. A show is organised with the elephants
turning out in their best finery.
Sharif, Ajmer : 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.
Festival, 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.
(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 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
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
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 a mammoth cattle fair.
Bazaars,auctions,music and sports are highlight of this event.
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.