Rajasthan is famous for its Royalty and hospitality. It has rich tradition and culture. Rajput kings ruled this land for centuries and made the state as a part of Indian history. Rajasthan people feel proud of their celebration of festivals, tradition, history and heritage. Devotees celebrate festivals with great pomp and colourful. Some of the festivals celebrated in the memories of their kings and warriors.
Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur
This festival celebrated to promote the Rajasthan’s traditional art and music. The festival is the platform for the people to show their creativity and sustainable development in the life. Maharaja of Jodhpur and Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling stone are patronising to sustain the festival for a long time. The festival celebrated on Sharad Purnima, the brightest full moon night. Musical nights held at Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort and around 200 musicians attend from all over the world to show their skill in music and dance.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation celebrates this festival in the month of February. The artists wear the bright coloured Rajasthani Traditional dresses and perform desert rituals and the life of the Rajasthan people. The Organisers conduct the Camel races, which is a feast to the eyes of the visitors. There are several competitions conducted like Mr.Desert, longest moustache and turban tying. Many varieties of delicious dishes stalls arranged and Rajasthan handicrafts are the special attractions during this three-day festival celebrations.
This is a desert festival celebrated at the banks of Pushkar Lake, near Pushkar city in Rajasthan. This is also a religious festival celebrated on Kartik Ekadashi. According to the Hindu Legends, Lord Brahma created this Pushkar Lake in the desert area. The people celebrated this festival to pay gratitude to Lord Brahma. This festival celebrated for five days, the artists perform traditional dance and other cultural activities. The farmers sell and buy the Camels in this fair. Many foreign tourists visit to watch this fair. The local artists perform the art, dance and music. The competitions are also held to bring pomp among the visitors.
Teej Festival Jaipur
This is one of the biggest festival celebrations in Rajasthan. The celebration of the festival commemorates two things, one is a woman’s love for her husband and the second one is the entrance of the monsoon season. The women folk apply Mehendi designs on their hands and sing the songs and dance to the folk tunes. The festival attire to celebrate the Union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. The bazaars filled with the shops of sweets, jewellery and colourful clothes. Goddess Parvati Idol decorated colourfully and carried on Palanquins throughout the streets of Jaipur. Thousands of devotees visit to see this procession. The procession followed by dancers, folk music, bands and chariots. The two eyes are not enough to see this entire colourful festival.
This festival celebrated on the eve of Goddess Parvathi coming to her home. A large number of women participated in the festival celebrations. Goddess Gauri Idol kept on the palanquins and carried through the city. The clad decorated elephants walk ahead of the procession. The Chariots, folk song and dance followed the procession and end after the fireworks.
Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur
This festival celebrated at Diggi Palace in Jaipur for five days. Jaipur literature festival is one of the world’s largest free literary festivals. During this celebrations world famous writers, Noble Laureates, Booker Prize winners and the Novelists come together and discuss and debate on literature and about the advent of new thoughts in the society. They also give the courageous speeches to the youth to reach their goals.
Nagaur Fair, Nagaur
This is second largest cattle fair in India. This fair held in Nagaur and nearly two lakh animal owners visit this place along with their cows, bullocks, oxen, camels and horses to trade. The organisers conducted the cockfights. The dancers perform the folk dances. This festival has been attracting the tourists and organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry.