Festivals in Jaipur
Teej FestivalTeej is a great festival in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan that reveals the liveliness of people as well as the rich culture of Rajasthan. It falls during the monsoon months of July-August. On this festival, the married women in Rajasthan pray to Lord Shiva and Parvati to bless them with long and happy married life. The festival of swings that is celebrated in and around Rajasthan welcomes monsoon. The swings that are decked with flowers are hung from trees. Women wear green clothes, sing songs and observe fasts for long life of their husbands. The men pray for good rain and for crop.
People believe that it was the day when Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a long separation. So, those who worship Parvati on this day are believed to get their blessings and their desires will be fulfilled. On this day, parents of married women send a gift packet to their daughters that includes bindi, mehandi, vermillion or henna, bangles, lahariya (a multi-coloured sari) and ghevar (a Rajasthani sweet). This gift is called Sinjara. The ladies wear the jewels and lahariya and adorn themselves with henna. As a part of the festival, processions are conducted that starts from Tripolia gate of the city and ends at Chaugan Stadium after passing through various markets.
Jaipur Kite FestivalKite festival is one of the prominent events in Jaipur and Jodhpur and it is celebrated in 14th January, makar Sankranthi day. If you like kite flying, you should try to visit Jaipur at least once in the season of Kite festival. Kite flying is celebrated on the day of uttarayan or Makar Sankranthi to mark the transition of the sun from dhanu rashi to makara rashi. It is said that the northward journey of the sun starts this day.
On this day, the people of Jaipur take a holy dip in Galtaji, which is an important pilgrimage in Jaipur. They pray to sun to bless them with good wealth, health and good crop. On this occasion, you can see the sky is colourful with plenty of beautiful kites. As Makar Sankranthi is a government holiday in Jaipur, everybody gets a chance to celebrate the festival that increases the pleasure of the festivities. All the shops are closed and the business and other firms are shut, as everybody is engaged in kite flying on this day. Jaipur also possesses number of kite clubs who conduct kite flying competitions in the month of January. Government even organizes International Kite festival that stretch up to three days as a part of tourism where kite lovers from all over the world comes to Jaipur to participate.
Jaipur Literature FestivalJaipur literature festival has been taking place every year since 2006. This biggest literary festival of Asia is organized at Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur arranging the venues in the hall of audience and gardens of the Diggi Palace. Jaipur Virasat Foundation founded by Faith Singh took initiative to start Jaipur literature festival. The directors of this festival are Namita Gokhale and Sanjoy Roy of Teamwork Productions. Even though it was organized as a part of Jaipur Heritage International Festival at the first time in 2006, it becomes an independent event within a short span of time. The number of writers and participants who attend the Jaipur book festival is increasing in every year. Jaipur book festival also conducts various debates, talks, readings, interactive activities and children workshops in these days. The other benefit is that the entry to Jaipur lit festival is free and not ticketed.
Camel FestivalCamel festival, which is organized by the Department of Tourism of the Rajasthan Government, is conducted in January every year in Bikaner. The main highlight of the festival is the colourful procession of decorated camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. Various other things such as tug-of-war contest, camel dance, best breed competition and acrobatics are also conducted as a part of the festival. The camels with bridal bridles, jeweled necks and jingling anklets dance gracefully according to the directions of their trainers by displaying amazing footwork. You can also enjoy traditional rendezvous of popular folk performers and artistes.
a decorated animal at the fair
Elephant FestivalThe most famous festival of Jaipur, elephant festival attracts plenty of tourists from all over the world to Rajasthan. The festival that is held on the eve of Holi in Jaipur is a main highlight of Tourism department of Rajasthan Government. Like camel festival, elephant festival also begins with a procession of elephants, horses, camels and folk dancers. Female elephants, which are decorated with full of bright colours saddle cloth and heavy jewellery. They are made to wear anklets. The most-well-decorated elephant is given prize.
Mewar FestivalThe Mewar festival that is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring lasts for 18 days and coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur. In the festival, the women dress in their best and gather to dress the images of Gangaur and Issar to carry them in a ceremonial procession through various parts of the city. Pichhola Lake is the ending spot of the procession where the imagse are transferred to special boats with singing and festivity. Cultural events including songs, dances and display of fireworks are conducted at the end of the festivities.
Marwar FestivalThe two day event, Marwar festival is the best option for you to watch and enjoy the art and culture of Jodhpur region. The festival that is held in October is mainly devoted to singing and dancing. Marwar festival that is conducted in impressive Umain Bhavan palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh fort has many other attractions like camel tattoo show and polo.
Gangaur FairGangaur fair, which is held all over Rajasthan, is the most important festival of the state. In this festival, women worship idols of Gangaur and Issar and manifestations of Shiva and Parvati. They carry the images of the divine couples and take out a procession through the streets.
Pushkar FestivalPushkar festival is the most identifiable of all festivals in Rajsasthan. It is held in November in Pushkar in Ajmer, where the temple of Brahma of eighth century draws the faithful.
Kalia Devi FairThe fair, which is held in March or April in Kalia village in karauli district, has a significant place in the festivals of the state.
Mahavir Ji FairThis festival is held to commemorate Shri Mahavir Swami, the 24th thirthankara of the Jai and is celebrated between March and April at Mahavir Ji.
Beneshwar FairThis is a tribal festival that is held on the banks of the Mahi and Som rivers in the forested area around the border of Rajasthan, Gujarath and Madhya Pradesh. Bhil tribals worship Lord Shiva here. The fair resounds to the geity of songs, folk dances, animal shows, magic shows and acrobatic feats.
Besides these there are plenty of other festival like Kolyat fair, dusshera, Ramdevra fair, Kaliteej, Gogali fair, Desert festival and Nagaur fair. All Jaipur festivals are celebrated with much of pomp and grandeur and people from all sections and from all the countries come together to join hands here.