Rajasthan is a very festive state where one is likely to get infected by a festive state. The state has various dance forms, which are as exuberant as their colourful costumes. The people of Rajasthan have the ability to celebrate the mundane joys of life with lots of zest and fervour and thereby translate them into colourful festivities.
Every small happening is celebrated here, even the changing of seasons. This is done by organizing various fairs like the fair for animals, religious fairs and the traditional fairs. Apart from this, there are the mainstream Hindu and Muslim festivals which are also celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in this desert state; infused with an unmistakable regal aura.
Festivities of Rajasthan happen almost all year round and the visitors who visit this enchanting state are likely to be a part of some festival or the other during their sojourn. If you happen to be in Rajasthan during an important festival, you will have an insight into the glorious heritage and culture of this state, and also the essentially undying spirit of its people.
Festivities of Rajasthan include the Gangaur Festival, which is generally held in Jaipur, during the months of March-April. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva's consort. This is a festival where young girls pray to obtain the life partner of their choice and women who are married, pray for their spouse's well being. This festival lasts for about eighteen days and is full of various activities. The festival ends with a grand procession, signifying the arrival of Lord Shiva to escort Goddess Parvati to his home. The Nagaur Fair, held in the month of January and February, is an animal fair. This fair also features some exciting sports.
A few other important festivals which are integral parts of the festivities of Rajasthan include the Mewar Festival, which welcomes the spring season with exuberant singing, dancing, processions, fireworks and music, and the Elephant Festival in Jaipur which is celebrated during Holi- the festival of colours- where hordes of elephants dressed in their finery take part in several sports.
Then there is the Urs Ajmer Sharif Festival, held in Ajmer, in memory of the famous Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. While summer festival in Mt. Abu is held in the only hill station in Rajasthan, the Teej in Jaipur is the festival which celebrates the oncoming monsoon season. This is women's festival where a lot of merriment and gaiety is in the atmosphere with women dressed in bold, attractive colours and finery. The Marwar Festival in Jodhpur, the Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, and the Camel Festival in Bikaner are some of the other popular festivals in Rajasthan.
Festivities of Rajasthan include another famous festival which is known as the Desert Festival. This festival is being held in Jaisalmer, during the month of January and February. This festival involves various interesting shows on the desert sands of Jaisalmer, the Golden City.
Another fair held in January and February is the Baneshwar Fair, held in Baneshwar. This is a religious festival involving traditional rituals, which are quite simple. A lot of tribals from neighbouring Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh take part in this festival in order to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.
Other than these traditional fairs and festivals, festivities of Rajasthan also include the dance, music, elephant and camel races, etc. which are generally organized for the benefit of the tourists. In Rajasthan, the tourists are in for a festive experience.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/08