The Baneshwar Fair is held during Shivratri (January-February) at Baneshwar. The Baneshwar fair is a tribal fair where the Bhil tribals from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat assemble to worship Lord Shiva. The tribals set up camps in groups on the banks of Mahi and Som Rivers in the forested area around the border of Rajasthan that it shares with Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
The annual Desert Fair of Jaisalmer is an important event in the calendar of Rajasthan. The desert festival is held in January-February. It showcases the performing arts of the region on the stretching sands around the desert citadel. Amongst the many events you may enjoy at the festival are the turban typing competition and the camel race.
The Gangaur Festival is celebrated with much color and gusto in Jaipur, Udaipur, Mandawa and Shekhawati regions of Rajasthan. For the fair, women worship idols of Issar and Gangaur, manifestations of Shiva and Parvati. Especially the unmarried women carry the images of the divine couple and pray for a consort of the like of Shiva.
The Nagaur Fair is celebrated on the outskirts of Nagaur in the month of January-February. The Nagaur Fair is a trading fair for the cattle and camels. Amongst the must checkouts at the fair are the hides of the animals, cut into beautiful patterns.
Kolayat Fair/ Kapil Muni Fair
Kolayat Fair is held at the sacred site where Kapil Muni is supposed to have meditated. Kolayat is easily accessible from Bikaner. When the fair takes place at the banks of the lakes, the excitement can be felt in the air. It is also known as the Kapil Muni Fair
in India is an aspect of Hindu dharma. Rituals & celebrations are an important and human component of our participation in the social and cosmic order, of our dharma. Holi, colors of festivals, is a spring celebration, the exuberant ritual of putting color and abeer at each other, not sparing any one at all. This is the variation of the common theme of spring rituals the world over.
On the festive land of India, Diwali festival is the most significant, grand and auspicious occasion that is celebrated all over India and also in many countries of the world. Although Diwali festival is considered a very important and prosperous occasion for the Hindus but the magnificent glow of Diwali celebrations traverse the limits of race & religion and this festival is marked by all with great jubilation.
Karwa Chauth festival is celebrated mostly by the Hindu and Punjabi married women (suhagins) in the Northern and Western states of India like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. Karwa Chauth Festival is the most significant occasion that strengthens the sacred marital bond between husband and wife.
Raksha Bandhan Festival ? Rakhi or Raksha bandhan festival is one of the most important festivals of India and celebrated with lots of jubilance by Hindus. Raksha bandhan festival is associated with the very special relationship between brothers and sisters, on this day sisters tie a rakhi or decorative thread on the wrist of their brothers and in return brothers pledges to protect their sisters when the need arises.
Bhai Dooj Festival
BHAI DOOJ festival is one of the much awaited occasion for the followers of Hindu religion across India. In India every festive occasion is associated with one or the another revered object or symbol like special seasons harvest or winter, Gods- Goddesses and relationships. Bhai Dooj festival is such an occasion that glorifies the beloved relationship between brothers and sisters.
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated among Indians all over the world as the birthday of “the Lord Ganesha”. According to Hindu Mythology, on this day Lord Ganesh ascended on earth for his followers. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with much deity and joy among the devotees of Ganesha.
Shri Krishna Janmashthami
Sri Krishna Janmashthami festival is an auspicious occasion, celebrated in India to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu who took birth in the city of Mathura in Northern India. Krishna Janmashtami festival, or Krishna jayanti, is celebrated with joy & fervour and holds utmost significance in the Indian Hindu families.
Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsab is an auspicious occasion which is prominently celebrated in the Indian state of West Bengal or Bengal. In the nine days long celebrations of Durga Puja festival, Goddess Durga, one of the most revered Goddess for the Hindus, is worshiped in different forms like as goddess of valor, wisdom and wealth.
Dhanteras festival also known as 'Dhantrayodashi' or 'Dhanvantari Triodasi' is one of the most significant festivals of India. On this festival Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to bestow her devotees with good fortune and success in life. On the special event of Dhanteras, articles made of Gold or Silver or even a new utensil are purchased as a sign of good luck .
The festival of Dussehra, also known as "Vijayadashmi" is one of the fascinating festivals of India and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm for ten continuous days. Dussehra literally means the tenth day. It marks the end of the nine days of Navratri. The first nine nights are spent in the worship of goddess Durga and hence these nights are known as Navaratri.
Christmas Festival is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity. The festival of Christmas conveys the message of affection, peace and fraternity among all, transcending the barricades of color, caste and creeds. This auspicious occasion is celebrated with lot of gaiety and fanfare all over the world.
Lohri is mainly celebrated in the North Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, and parts of Himachal Pradesh. Lohri is celebrated with great joy and fervor specially among the farmers fraternity as this festival is associated with the harvesting of the Rabi (winter) crops. The special occasion of Lohri is enjoyed with the traditional folk songs and dances. Lohri is celebrated by the Hindus and Sikhs alike.
Id-Ul-Fitr festival or Eid-Ul-Fitr festival, commonly known as Eid is the most important occasion of Islamic calendar. Id ul Fitr festival is celebrated by Muslim community all over the world with great devotion and joviality. Eid ul Fitr festival denotes the end of 'Ramadan', the month of fasting and beginning of the new month namely 'Shawwal'.
Khajuraho Festival is a comparatively new dance festival and was first organized in the year 2002. Although this festival is just few years old this festival has earned a great deal of reputation among locals and foreginers. The dances performed here are truly divine with the wonderful backdrop of the sculptures of Khajuraho. The temples are brightly lit and are shimmering with the lights.
The famous Pushkar Fair is a great tourist attraction. People from around the globe come to the ancient religious town of Pushkar which is transformed into a spectacular fair ground in the month of Kartik. People bathe, worship and delight in the dazzling wares of roadside stalls. Camels are bought, sold, beautified, raced and parade. Most unusual are the small groups of men and women seen busy tattooing their hands and other parts of the body.
Festivals of Rajasthan Kite Festival
The annual Kite Festival is celebrated in the month of January throughout Rajasthan. The main kite-flying day falls on Makar Sankranti (January 14th). In Jaipur and Jodhpur especially, the skies are filled with colorful kites. By evening, kites with lights add to the twinkling skies above.
The Brij festival is celebrated a few days before Holi that usually falls in the month of March. Welcoming the spring season, the festival, is enjoyed with music and dance.
The annual Camel Festival takes place every January, in Bikaner. Bikaner boasts of the only camel-breeding farm in the country. Besides the camel races and camel dances you may also enjoy the rare fire dance staged late at night.
The Elephant Festival is celebrated on the occasion of Holi in Jaipur. The caparisoned elephants with their bodies painted with floral decorations are major attractions besides the Elephant Polo.
The annual festival of Marwar takes place in the month of October in Jodhpur. At the Marwar Festival, you may enjoy the art and culture of Jodhpur region.
The Mewar Festival is celebrated at the same time as the Gangaur Festival in Udaipur. The Mewar Festival denotes the culmination of the 18-day festival with a procession of floats on Lake Pichola.
The Summer Festival is celebrated in Mount Abu, in the month of June every year. You may enjoy the folk performances in the hill town particularly of the Bhil tribes of the region.
The festival of Teej is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The married women pray for a long, happy marital life. It is celebrated in the month of July-August. Women dressed in finery can be spotted on the swings.
Urs Ajmer Sharif
Urs Ajmer Sharif is celebrated by people of all faiths, in the holy town of Ajmer. Special prayers are offered in honor of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. You may enjoy the Qawalis being sung at night.