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Fair and Festive Celebrations an Exhilarating Charisma
Rajasthani life is full of celebrations. Countless fairs and festivals
packed with fun, frolic, excitement and rituals are observed twelve months
of the year
across this sprawling State.
The name Rajasthan is derived from a Sanskrit word 'Rajah' and 'Sthana'
which literally signifies kings home. Rajasthan had enjoyed a ferocious
tales of valour, it was merely a home to number of kings, who ruled from the
north India for many centuries. Same like its rich culture and ferocious
territory, the kings and queens of the states were very much concerned about
the fairs and festivals, which are celebrated with great fun and frolic,
revolving around the ceremonies of harvest, birth, seasons, carnivals and
The fairs and festivals are marked with excitement and rituals, which is
observed throughout the year across this sprawling State. The festivities
are usually tagged with folk dances accompanied by music played on a variety
of locally made instruments. The Participants are dressed up in their
traditional colourful finery whole heartedly partaking in these events is a
visual delight. The colour, rhythm and melody of the festivals place
Rajasthan into the world tourist map. These Vigorous and animated festivals
afford people with the chance to decorate their homes, buy new clothes,
visit relatives and friends and take out some time from their busy life to
unite together in the pomp and show of festivities.
The Festive Mood Gets Exhilarated
By Symptoms Festive Cuisine !!!
Do you know the fairs and festivals of Rajasthan
are the whole sole engaging panorama for the Rajasthan folklore. Fairs and
Festivals afford an integral social function, enabling villagers from remote
regions to meet and mingle, marriage alliances to be contracted, livestock
deals to be struck and rural issues like- market prices, draught control
measures to be discussed.
As soon as festival arrives in the erstwhile princely state, special
delicacies are on high agenda, keeping in mind the various occasion, a
wedding , a festival , a celebration to mark the birth of a male child or a
good harvest , even good monsoons , are reason enough to celebrate. Women of
the neighbourhood gather and prepare sweets like mawa kachori, til ke laddo,
gonth ke laddu, piste ke launj, moti pak, pheeni, sohan papdi, besan barfi,
jalebi and shakarpare.
One can even try out non vegetarian in Rajasthan, especially cooked by the
Rajput men, who excel in preparing exotic mutton and chicken dishes for
festive table liver (kaleja), curry, keema kofta (mince dumplings), handi
butha (mutton cooked in earthern pot), soyata (mutton cooked with millet).
The festivities assuredly extend on opportunity to mingle with local folks
and acquaint with various aspects of their cultural life. It will be indeed
an irresistible and captivating experience that will tempt everyone to make
repeated visits to this resplendent state.
The Merriment continues with Traditional Dances !!!
The colourful fairs and festivals has always been the precious wealth of
Royal Rajasthan, celebrated with proper pomp and show at each corner of the
desert. The sand, the full moon and the dark sky add vibrant colours to its
beauty. Other celebrations in the soil of desert is Gair dance, which is
performed by men in western Rajasthan at the time of Holi. A series of half
swirls make up a simpler version, depending upon the dancers proficiency, it
can build up to a series of intricate patters. Even the striking of sticks
add vigorous character to the dance. Next you visit the Summer Festival,
held in the month of June in Mount Abu. This beautiful festivals is
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 in the chilly air storms. Another is Baneshwar Fair, held
in the month of January February. It a religious festival with simple and
traditional Indian rituals. Thousands of peoples from the neighboring border
of Madhya Pradesh and Gujrat converge at the time of Baneshwar Fair to offer
prayers to Lord Shiva. Last but not least is the Nagaur Fair, held in the
month of January February in Nagaur. It is basically a animal fair, that
allow opportunities to number of visitors to participate in some of the
local area sports.
Fairs That Dominate the Land of Rajas
Festive Merriment Rajasthan, the land bestowed with natural and man made
wonders have been also famous for the overwhelming enjoyment of fairs and
festivals throughout the year.
The artistic nature of the Rajasthani people have come out in various forms
of culture. The most important and probably the most famous of all is the
folk music and dance performance that have been fascinating the people of
the entire world for quite long time.
The charm of the rustic Rajasthan comes alive with the excellent
performance of mesmerizing folk songs along with a balmy tune of Sarangi. An
accompaniment of enthralling folk dance performance adds some more hues to
the cultural even under the clear sky and on the ripples of golden sands.
Puppet show is another jewel of Rajasthan culture, that have been surprising
the visitors and localities equally with its excellence and unique form of
story telling. But no festival in Rajasthan is complete without Mawa, Ghevar
and Malpaus, the mouth watering sweet delicacies, that have been alluring
the people of Rajasthan since time immortal.
Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair, held in the month of November every year, also known as
Pushkar Fair. It is one of the largest camel fair across the world. Various
competitions are organised as soon as the arrival of fair heard in the town.
Contest like camel races, matka phod, moustache and bridal are some of the
brilliant attractions for travelers across the world. One can also take the
charm of unique auctions, live music, exhibitions, clothes, textiles, stalls
and fabrics, which are the main highlights of this event. The Pushkar fair
is much renowned as the global livestock market, where you can buy and sell
animals like camels, horses, sheep and goats.
Ajmer Annual Urs Fair
Ajmer Annual Urs Fair, held in the month of July August in the memory of
the great Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for
millions of believers to assembled at the shrine and offer special prayers.
At the time of festival complete Ajmer town seems to be an abode of Allah
with countless pilgrims, Kazi's and Maulana's, who especially converge at
the times of final Urs. A tourist can also take the charm of several
programmes, which are organised to mark the festivals with immense
Jaisalmer Desert Fair
Jaisalmer Desert Fair, held in the month of January February, It is one of
the most popular of all festivals in Rajasthan, as it allows a journey into
the heart of the desert, which hold its beauty for three days, hordes of
travellers specially converge on Jaisalmer at the time of festival to get
the glimpse of events, which are very much earsplitting and is celebrated
with completions like the famous Gair dance, camel ride, traditional fire
dance, turban tying, Mr desert contest, Here one can also see tall
Rajasthani mens and beautiful women dressed in their brightly costumes to
dance and sing lingering ballads of valor, romance and tragedy.
Baneshwar Fair (Jan- Feb) is religious fair celebrated with simple and
traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number
of tribal folk from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who
visit this small town of Baneshwar and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.
Nagaur Cattle Fair, Nagaur
The sleepy town of Nagaur stirs to life at its annual cattle fair (
One of the largest in the country. Thousands of camels, bullocks and horses
are offered for sale and purchase.
Camel Fair Bikaner
Camel Fair Baking comes in the month of January, this is the time when this
beautiful desert city comes alive with the echoes of music and rhythms of
traditional dances performed by the rural folks. The fair is fast coming
into limelight and gaining huge popularity among the western world as the
tourist across the sub-continent gets an opportunity to experience some of
the unusual folk performances, camel races, camel dance and ethnic shopping
Fervours of Rajasthan Festivals
Jaipur Gangaur Festival
Jaipur Gangaur Festival, held in the month of March-April. This much
awaited festival is purely devoted to Goddess Parvati,the consort of Lord
At the time of festival, young girls pray to Goddess Parvati for the grooms
of their choice and married women's pray for the well being of their
husbands. On the day of festivals, one can see beautiful womens in their
best clothing. Gangaur festival is believed to be a sanctified festivals for
every women, that last for nearly 18 days and on the last day, a colourful
procession takes place in Jaipur and at other places in Rajasthan.
Jaipur Teej Festival
Jaipur Teej Festival, held in the month of July-August. Its a fasting
festival for many Indian women. This It is celebrated for marital bliss,
well being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul. The
festival is a three-day long celebration, during which number of sweets are
made to break the fasts. On the eve of festival, tourists can feast their
eyes with the beautiful womens, dressed in a bright colours, it is
interesting to watch them enjoying in groups. After offering prayers and
seeking the blessings, the decorated idol of goddess Parvati is taken into
procession on the streets followed by singing, music, and dancing.
Udaipur Mewar Festival
Udaipur Mewar Festival, held in the month of March April every year. Its a
colourful festival to welcome the spring season that falls after the end of
chilly winters. At the time of festivals, the localities of Rajasthan,
mainly the Udaipur people and the Marwar region, celebrate it with a huge
procession, followed by devotional songs, live dances, hazardous firework,
where almost everybody participate. This is a festival that allows the
visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of Marwari people.
Jaipur Elephant Festival
Jaipur Elephant Festival, held in the month of March April to celebrate
Holi, its a grand occasion for the tourists to watch scores of elephant at
one place. One can please his eyes with the bright play of colours, elephant
races and several other sports.
Summer Festival, Mt.Abu
Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, Summer Festival, Mt.Abu
arrives in the month of June. Folk dances and an atmosphere of merriment
prevail in this tiny hill resort, where tourist have enough time to relax
and enjoy the festival.
The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the
deepest and noblest of human emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi' is a
special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread
around the wrist. This thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime
sentiments, is rightly called the Rakhi. It means 'a bond of protection',
and Raksha Bandhan signifies that the strong must protect the weak from all
thats evil. The ritual is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month
of Shravan, on which sisters tie the sacred Rakhi string on their brothers'
right wrists, and pray for their long life. Rakhis are ideally made of silk
with gold and silver threads, beautifully crafted embroidered sequins, and
studded with semi precious stones.
The Social Binding this ritual not only strengthens the bond of love
between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the
family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbors,
it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual
co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters.