Important festivals in Rajasthan
Rajasthan can truly be said the place of festivals. Round the year various festivals and fairs are held in Rajasthan. Some of them are
The camel festival is organised in Bikaner each year in January by the Tourism Department of the Rajasthan Government. Starting with the parade of beautifully dressed up camels in the backdrop of the Junagarh fort. The camels show various stants according to their trainer. In the evening, renowned artistes from various parts of Rajasthan presents their performances, including folk dances and songs and a typicals musics.
As the name suggests, this fair is held in Nagaur. Each year during January-February, there is a animal fair, people from rural areas come to sell and buy animals. The huge no. of camels are the main attractions.
This 18-day festival is a celebration of spring. The women dressed up in their most beautiful dresses. The occassion ends with songs, dances and a display of fireworks.
Kaila Devi Fair
The fair is held in in Kaila village in Karauli district. This fortnight-long fair is held during March or April.
Mahavir Ji FairThis fair is held at Mahavir Ji between March and April to commemorate Shri Mahavir Swami.
This festival is held at Mount Abu in June every year for three-days. Boat races and qawwalis are organised. Also folk dances and music are part of the celebration.
This festival is held during monsoons, most colourful in jaipur. In this festival swings decorated with flowers are hung from trees and girls and women dressed in nice beautiful green clothes and flowers sing sweet songs and swings. The married women this time also prays for their happy married life.
The fair is celebrated in memory of a popular hero of the area known as Goga among the Hindus and Jahar Peer among the Muslims. This festival is held at Gogamedi in August each year.
The festival starts with the procession of goddess Teej.The celebrations continue in all the state into Janamashtami.
The Ramdevra Fair is held in Ramdevra village in Jaisalmer in August or September. Bhajans and kirtans are organised.
Held in October in Jodhpur, this two-day event showcases the art and culture of Jodhpur. The festival is originally known as the Maand festival. The folk performers tries to immitate the battle stories.
This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. On the tenth day of the festival, huge effigies of the ten-headed Ravana stuffed with thousands of fire crackers, are set fire.
This is the most famous of all the fairs of Rajasthan. This is the world's largest animal, specially camel trade fair.Animal traders also organise camel, horse and donkey races. The traders stays in camp at night, and in the evening they dance and sings. There is good accommodation available in Pushkar where this fair is held.
This three-day fair is held at the banks of the Chandrabhaga river on the full moon night of Kartik Purnima.
This is celebrated in a place of Bikanir where Kapil Muni have meditated. There is a lake with 52 ghats believed to be sacred. Devotees take a dip in the lake and pray for their well beings.