Festivals in Rajasthan,India
The culture of Rajasthan is depicted in the colorful and joyous celebrations during the Fairs and Festival of Rajasthan.These festivals involve elaborate rituals, which are a part of the heritage of Rajasthan. 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 organized for the tourists. The main festivals of Rajasthan are Desert Festival, Baneshwar Fair, Gangaur festival, Mewar festival, Elephant festival, summer festival, Teej, Marwar festival, Pushkar fair and Camel festival.
In the Pink city of Jaipur festivals like Teej, Elephant Festival and Gangaur are celebrated with full vigor and joy. Teej is a festival to mark the advent of monsoon. On this occasion you can see processions in the city. Women dressed in bright colors create an atmosphere of merriment. 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 finery. The Elephant festival is same as the festival of Holi; this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports. This is a festival of colors. On this day a show is organized with the elephants turning out in their best finery. The Gangaur festival is 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.
Another festival like the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is one of the most popular of all festivals. The city is a journey into the heart of the desert; the golden city of Jaisalmer has a charm of its own. The Baneshwar Fair is a religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the center of attraction of a large number of tribal people from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join in for the offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The Summer Festival of Mount Abu and Marwar Festival of Jodhpur are famous for folk dances and music. The Pushkar Fair attracts many tourists with its bazaars, auctions, music and sport events.