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FESTIVALS OF RAJASTHAN

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. In fact, celebrations occur almost round the year and are a splendid opportunity for the visitor to gain an insight into the life of the Rajasthan. Other than the traditional fairs, recently established festivals that involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organized for the tourists.

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Among the better known fairs of Rajasthan are :

Nagaur fair, Nagaur (January - February):

Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (January - February):

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 travelled visitor.

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 woman 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.

Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March - April):

A festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance, procession, devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March - April):

A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephants sports and also play this festival of colors. A show is organised with the elephants turning out in their best finery.

Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar calendar):

Held in the memory of the revered Sufi Saint Khwaja 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 programs are organized to mark the festivals.

Summer Festival, Mt. Abu (June):

Organized 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.

Teej, Jaipur (July - August):

A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Processions, woman dressed in bright colours and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a woman's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.

Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October/November):

A festival devoted mainly to 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 state.

Puskhar Fair, Ajmer (October/November):

An enchanting desert city which comes alive with music and dance. It is fast gaining popularity to see some unusual folk performances, camel race, camel dance etc. here.

REGAL RAJASTHAN

A colouful celebration of life

Rajasthan hosts fairs & festivals throughout the year. The seasons are welcomed with special festivals that are auspicious, sacred and keep the ancient heritage of this historic land. It becomes a chance for visitors from all over the world to join the celebrations and experiences the truly Indian sprit of camaraderie and gaiety.( * Dates to be informed later.)

Dates

Festival

Destination

Venue

Description

March*

 

Holi

Udaipur

Manek Chowk/Zenana Mahal

In the City Palace.

Celebrated in March, it is the Indian festival of spring. The new season is welcomed, with prayers, rituals, song & dance. The Maharaja of Udaipur conducts the ceremony of lighting the pious fire, called Holika Dahan. Guests & visitors observe the ceremonies & then join in festivities at Zenana Mahal for cocktails & dinner.

October

Dussehra

Kota/ Jaisalmer /

Gajner (Bikaner)

Hotel Umed Bhawan/ Gorbandh

Hotel Gajner Palace

It is the triumph of good over evil that is marked during this Hindu Festival. Guests & visitors join in as the demon-kings are set aflame; prayers & rituals mark this day. Dinner, traditional dances & fireworks are part of this celebration.

November

Diwali

Jaipur

 

Udaipur

Jai Mahal Palace

 

Hotel Shivniwas Palace

This is the most popular Hindu Festival of lights celebrated. Candles, diyas & special illuminations are the highlights of this night of festivity. The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is venerated and special prayers are held during the day & night. Sweets and flowers are distributed; guests & visitors are specially invited to witness the firework displays & illuminations that are breathtaking.

November*

Kartik Purnima

Pushkar

 

The full moon night in November is celebrated as Kartik Purnima, the only Hindu Festival dedicated to Lord Brahma, creator of universe. Cattle Fare.

December 24

Christmas Eve

All destinations

 

Fort Rajwara, Jaisalmer

Christmas Eve parties for the guests & visitors to Rajasthan, Banquets, special dinners, dances & musical programmes are organised in almost all Hotels to make it a fun-filled festive celebrations for all.

December 31

New Year's Eve

 All destinations.

 

Udaipur.

All Hotels

 

Durbar Hall, City Palace

Music & dance completes the night of celebrations & gaiety; heralding a New Year. The presence of the Maharaja & the royal family, among the guests makes it a truly memorable banquet.

CALENDAR OF FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Fairs & Festivals Place 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Camel Festival

Bikaner

18-19 Jan.

08-09 Jan.

26-27 Jan.

15-16 Jan.

4-5 Jan.

Ramdeoji Cattle Fair

Nagaur

10-13 Feb.

30-02 Feb

17-20 Feb

06-09 Feb.

26-29 Jan.

Desert Festival

Jaisalmer

16-18 Feb.

05-07 Feb.

23-25 Feb.

12-14 Feb.

01-03 Feb.

Beneshwar Fair

Dungarpur

14-18 Feb.

03-07 Feb.

21-25 Feb.

10-14 Feb.

30-03 Feb.

Brij Festival

Bharatpur

02-04 Feb.

02-04 Feb.

02-04 Feb.

02-04 Feb.

02-04 Feb.

Elephant Festival

Jaipur

19 Mar.

07 Mar.

26 Mar.

16 Mar.

05 Mar.

Kailadevi Fair

Karauli

31 Mar.

19 Mar.

07 Apr.

28 Mar.

17 Mar.

Gangaur Festival

Jaipur

06-07 Apr.

25-26 Mar.

13-14 Apr.

02-03 Apr.

22-23 Mar.

Mewar Festival

Udaipur

06-08 Apr.

25-27 Mar.

13-15 Apr.

02-04 Apr.

22-24 Mar.

Summer Festival

Mount Abu

15-17 May

04-06 May

23-25 May

12-14 May

02-04 May

Teej Festival

Jaipur

02-03 Aug.

22-23 July

09-10 Aug.

30-31 July

17-18 Aug.

Kajli Teej

Bundi

15-16 Aug.

04 Aug.

22-23 Aug.

12-13 Aug.

31-01 Sep.

Dussehra Festival

Kota

04-06 Oct.

22-24 Oct.

12-14 Oct.

01-03 Oct.

21-22 Oct.

Matasya Festival

Alwar

04-05 Oct.

22-23 Oct.

12-13 Oct.

02-03 Oct.

21-22 Oct.

Marwar Festival

Jodhpur

10-11 Oct.

28-29 Oct.

17-18 Oct.

07-08 Oct.

26-27 Oct.

Pushkar Fair

Pushkar

02-10 Nov.

20-28 Nov.

09-17 Nov.

01-08 Nov.

18-25 Nov.

Chandrabhaga Fair

Jhalawad

09-11 Nov.

27-29 Nov.

16-18 Nov.

05-07 Nov.

24-26 Nov.

Winter Festival

Mount Abu

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.

29-31 Dec.


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