Fairs & Festivals in India
A lively and colourful event, the Camel Festival is organised by the Department
of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan in Bikaner every year. January
is just the right month for a desert spree, and Bikaner just the right place
to see the Ships of the Desert. In the camel country Bikaner, these desert
leviathans pull heavy cart loads, transport grain and even work at the wells.
Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually rising and falling
stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer
come alive with the brilliant colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival.
When one thinks about Indian festivals, the festival that instantly comes
to mind is DIWALI or DEEPAVALI as called by some.. This Hindu festival brings
excitement and joy to the hearts of people even before it arrives. Diwali
is the festival of Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed
that Goddess Laxmi brings peace and prosperity to all.
One of the big festivals celebrated in most parts of India is Dussehra.
estival is celebrated with zest and festivities as it also marks the
beginning of the winter season after the long, unbearable, hot summer. Dussehra
marks the victory of Ram over the demon king Ravana, and the rescue of his
wife Sita. In north India, gigantic effigies of the ten-headed Ravana and
his brothers are set aflame amidst bursting of crackers. Fairs are usually
held on this occasion with lots to eat, buy and enjoy.
The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. Groomed
flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience
liked best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one.
Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and is celebrated all over
the country. This is also symbolic of the advent of all festivals dedicated
to other Indian Gods. The temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in
the fort of Ranthambhor, about 12 kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one
of the most important Ganesha temples in the State.
The Gangaur Festival is the colourful and most important local festival
of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervour and
devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during
July-Aug. It is the celebration of monsoon, harvest and marital fidelity
Goa Carnival in days festival of color, song and music, providing a healthy
entertainment for all, young and old. The word 'carnival' is said to be
derived from the Latin 'carne', meaning meat, and 'vale', which translates
to 'good-bye'. Some also link the word to 'carnislevamen' or 'the pleasures
of meat', focusing on the enjoyment of meat during the festivities, before
the abstinence that follows during Lent.
Holi is a festival of colour & is celebrated all over India. It is also
celebrated by Indians residing out of India. This festival comes on the
full moon day of Phagan - a Hindu month. This festival bring new hope for
all the people as it marks the end of chilled winter days and the beginning
of the summer. People forget their enmity and throw away their worries.
Every nook and corner presents atypically colourful sight.
The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides
with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur, and has a unique charm about it.
The women folk gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry
them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city.
This eight days fair held every year during the month of Jan-Feb, is popularly
known as the Cattle fair and is the second largest in Rajasthan. Nagaur
Town is the most picturesque of Rajput townships. Nagaur is a sea of animals,
trading over 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses every year.
Pushkar Fair is one of the most popular and colorfulfairs of the Thar Desert.
It begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi & goes on for five days till Kartik
Purnima. The time of the fair coincides with the bright half of the moon
during the months of October-November. The lake at Pushkar is one of the
most sacred in India.
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu custom marking the love and affection between
brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on "Shravan Sud Poornima"
every year according to the Hindu Calender. Raksha means Protection , Bandhan
means bond. On this day, sisters tie a colourful 'Rakhi' on the wrists of
their brothers. Sisters believe that this will bring success, peace, and
good health to their brothers throughout the year.
Teej is the festival of swings and rains. It marks the advent of the monsoon
month of Saawan (July-August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land
and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air.
The lakeside city of Ajmer is located in central Rajasthan, and is held
in great reverence by devotees of all communities who call it 'Ajmer Sharif'
(Holy Ajmer). It is here that the mortal remains of the highly respected
Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti lie buried.
Fairs & Festivals in India