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The rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan beautifully reflects in its numerous fairs and festivals, which are as colourful as the rainbow. The rich traditions of Rajasthan have given birth to a wide variety of fairs and festivals, which occupy an important place in the life of the people. Be it harvest season or the birth of a child, Rajasthani people love to celebrate. Some of the fairs and festivals, such as the Elephant festival and Pushkar Fair, are quite unique and attract visitors from across the world. Enjoy the cultural panorama of Rajasthan by participating in its wonderful fairs and festivals.
Some of the important fairs and festivals of Rajasthan
Celebrated in the month of November every year in the holy town of Pushkar, it is the largest camel fair in the world. Camel races, cattle trade, dance and music and traditional Rajasthani dishes are the striking features of the fair.
Unique in its concept, the Elephant Festival is all fun and edutainment. The festival takes the visitors back in time to the days of Raja-Maharaja. The overwhelming views of the spruced up elephants is a sight to behold. Elephant races, elephant beauty contest, and games are the attractions of the festival. All the elephants participating in the festival come in their best of attires. The festival is celebrated in the month of March/April.
The city of Jaisalmer comes alive with the advent of the Desert Festival held between January/ February. Camel races, camel dance, camel polo, competition for the best decorated camel, tug-of-war between muscle men, turban tying competition and dance and music performances are some of the cultural events of festival.
The womenfolk of Rajasthan celebrate this festival with great fervour. They worship lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and offer prayers for a long and happy life of their husbands. And the unmarried girls pray to be blest with a husband like lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated in the month of March/April.
Urs Ajmer Sharif Fair
Celebrated in memory of the Muslim saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Urs fair is celebrated at Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer, Rajasthan. It is believed that the prayers of the devotees offered at the Dargah never go unanswered.
Celebrated in Jodhpur city in the month of October, Marwar Festival is marked with fabulous dance and music performances. This festival is a celebration of the culture of the Marwar region of Rajasthan.