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Monday, April 3, 2017


Teej Festival is also known as ‘the festival of swings’. The festival is celebrated with a lot of fervor in various parts of India. The festival reflects the rich culture and tradition of India. It mainly marks the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival involves a number of religious activities to be performed.
Celebration of Teej Festival involves a number of rituals and customs to be performed. Women observe the day by performing a Nirjala Vrat. They perform these rituals to pray for a healthy life for their husband. They pray to the Teej Mata for the well being of their husband. This festival acts as a medium for the women to portray their respect and devotion to their husband. Husbands in return gift them with various items as token of love.
Teej is a unique festival celebrated all over Rajasthan and some parts of North India, but the real fun and joy of this festival can be seen in Jaipur. Teej is dedicated to goddess Parvati and takes place on the onset of monsoon somewhere in the month of July – August. Jaipur celebrates the festival with lots of enthusiasm, women and young girls dress up with colourful clothes and accessorises with bangles and jewellery with mostly green colour as it symbolises freshness. Decorated swings are hung from trees in various gardens and lawns all over on which women and girls enjoy themselves and sing songs to welcome monsoon.


The famed Pushkar fair is one of the largest camel fairs in the world. The fair takes place for five days every year in the holy city of Rajasthan – Pushkar on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. The main activity of this fair is the trading of livestock such as camels, horses and cattle between villagers who come from different parts of the state. Pushkar Fair has become one of the major tourist attractions of India and many tourists attend this annual fair with great joy. Some of the enthralling competitions such as matka phod, longest moustache, turban tying and balancing on camel contests are part of the fair. During this fair thousand of devotees throng the lake around Kartik Purnima in October-November to take a holy dip in the lake to wash away their sins. The fair jostle into life in Pushkar and the small town of Rajasthan becomes an extraordinary place of colour, music and movement.


Even though the charms of Holi are innumerable, its magic inescapable and its vibrancy unavoidable, the appeal the festival has in Rajasthan is altogether different. Being itself a state shimmering with a wide spectrum of colors, Holi is a perfect occasion and celebration that matches with the identity and character of Rajasthan.
People of Rajasthan not only know how to celebrate life, they actually put in a lot of heart in their festivals which makes the charm of their celebrations distinct. It is for this reason that Holi has a special meaning in Rajasthan and it the way it is celebrated draws a lot of attraction and excitement with the locals and tourists from India and across the world.
Preparation for Holi start days before the actual festival and people brace themselves up to indulge in various rituals and customs. In contrast to the way the festival is celebrated across India and around the globe, Holi in Rajasthan is celebrated differently with lots of other aspects and rituals involved which makes the festival look much more colorful and impressive.


One of the most renowned festivals celebrated in Rajasthan, the Elephant Festival is an annual festival held every year in the Pink City, Jaipur. It is celebrated every year during the time of Holi. Symbol of royalty, elephant plays a key role in the culture of Rajasthan. The festival is celebrated to honor the same importance of elephants in Rajasthan and the entire Indian society.
This day- long festival is a great event that cannot be missed. The festival is organized every year by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation at its official venue, Rambagh Polo Ground in Jaipur. The festival attracts people from across India and overseas.
During this festival, elephants are nicely decked-up and are clothed with colorful velvets and rugs that have beautiful embroidery on them. They are decorated with heavy ornaments and bells. Their necks are adorned with colorful scarves. Traditional Indian motifs are painted on their bodies. Beautiful head plates decorate their foreheads.
The colorful festival begins with a traditional procession, when the musicians play folk tunes, dancers perform with the beats and elephants march along in the parade. The parade is followed by ‘best decorated elephant’ competition, games like elephant polo, tug-of-war, elephant races and special exhibition called ‘elephant decoration Though elephants are the focus of the festival, other animals like camels and horses are also decorated beautifully and presented in the parade. When the procession ends, people are invited to mount the elephants and play with colors.
The colors and excitement of the festival bring out the glory of Rajasthani culture. The festival forms a great platform for presenting the folk tradition of Rajasthan. Folk dancers perform to entertain all the people. At the end of the festival, there is an amazing display of fireworks.


During the winters, an annual event organized in the Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer makes the desert come alive with bright and vibrant colours. This three days festival held every year in the month of February showcases the rich Rajasthani folk culture. The entire city of Jaisalmer is bustling with colours, music and dance, Rajasthani men and women dressed beautifully in hued costumes sing and dance on the haunting ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. The Desert Festival is a great extravaganza with various competitions and contest happening such as turban tying competition, longest moustaches competition, entertaining puppet shows, folk dance competition and renowned musicians participate in various folk musical recitals. Camels also are one of the main highlight of this event as they take part in camel polo, camel dance and some other contests. This joyful festival of traditional Rajasthani culture and performing art and craft comes to an end with a captivating sound and light show amidst the sand dunes on a moonlit night.


The Sun city of Rajasthan – Jodhpur organises Marwar Festival also known as Maand Festival in the month of Ashwin (September – October) which is held for two days. The festival is dedicated to the folk heroes of Rajasthan and a display captivating folk music and dance of the Marwar region, which revolves around the lifestyle of the former rulers of Rajasthan and this act, is known as Maand. Camel tattoo show and camel polo are some other attractions of the festival. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort makes up as perfect host to the festival.