Fairs And Festivals
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Animal fairs, religious fairs, fairs to mark the changing season…Rajasthan has them all!
Camel Festival, Bikaner (January)
Camel races, fur cutting designs, best breed competitions, camel acrobatics, etc., are all part of this colourful festival.
Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (January/February)
A religious festival, this occasion attracts a number of tribals from neighbouring States who offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (January/February)
An extravaganza of music, competitions and folk performances, this festival showcases the State’s rich cultural heritage.
Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (January/February)
Nagaur is host to the second largest cattle fair in Rajasthan. Wooden handicraft items as well as leather accessories are available here during the duration the fair which also includes.
Gangaur Festival, Jaipur (March/April)
This 18-day festival which marks the end of winter commences on the first day of Chaitra when prayers are offered to Goddess Parvati. Traditional processions, prayers and devotional music highlight this event.
Summer Festival, Mount Abu (June)
This three day festival showcases Rajasthan’s folk dances. Music, a boat race on the Nakki Lake and a display of fireworks form part of the festivities.
Teej Festival, Jaipur (July/August)
This festival marks the advent of the monsoon. Essentially a women’s festival, Teej is an occasion where flower bedecked swings are hung from trees and a royal procession comprising of chariots, elephants and camels begins from the City Palace and winds its way through Tripolia Bazaar and Chhoti Chaupar.
Dussehra Mela, Kota (September/October)
Marking the victory of good over evil, the Mela is the venue for theatrical enactments of the Ramayana. Effigies of Ravana and his brothers are ceremoniously burnt on this occasion. Cultural programmes and a cattle fair commence the day after the effigies are burnt. The cattle and trade fair lasts a month while the cultural programmes last a fortnight.
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October)
This is a festival that highlights the folk traditions of the Marwar region. Music, horse polo and dance mark the occasion.
Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (October/November)
Eleven kilometres north-west of Ajmer, Pushkar township is the venue for this famous fair. Pushkar is home to a Brahma temple and thousands of devotees gather here to bathe in the waters of the lake. The largest cattle fair in the world is held here. Bazaars, music and sports are highlights of this fair.
Chandrabhaga Fair, Jhalawar (October/November)
Situated on the banks of the Chandrabhaga, Jhalawar is host to this three day long fair where thousands gather on the full moon night of Kartik Purnima to take a dip in the holy river. A cattle fair is also held and livestock includes cows, camels and bullocks.
Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (Varies according to the lunar calendar).
Thousands of believers congregate at the shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti to pay their respects. Qawwalis and other religious programmes mark this occasion.