Fairs & festivals of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, a plain desert land, becomes resplendent with the colors of joyous celebration and gay abandon of its fairs and festivals. Rajasthan in northwest India is a land of brilliant colors and vibrant festivals.The festivals celebrate the changing of the seasons, the gathering of the harvest, the fertility of the soil, the joy of a happy marriage and religious events through the year. Rajasthan has all festivals, some celebrated with special local fervor as well as a number of festivals of its own. The exact dates, determined by the lunar calendar have specific religious significance.
Nagpur fair (Nagpur): January-February
The cattle fair here is reputed as the second largest in Rajasthan and offers some of the best sight of Rajasthan. The fair attracts visitors from all corners of the world for the trading in cows, camels and horses. Various games are organized during this four day festival that include tug-of-war, camel races, cock fights and countless others. It offers tourist a memorable extravaganza of fun and frolic. As the sun goes down, the folk musicians, whose voices echo far and wide across the tranquil desert land, create a joyous atmosphere.
Pushkar fair (Pushkar): October-November
It offers a breathtaking spectacle of fun and frolic. During the fair, the otherwise quiet changes its color and becomes a happening place. The fair attracts a number of cattle breeders from across the world. They bring a large number of cattle of various breeds to be paraded and sold here. The fair also attracts a large number of villagers from different parts of the state who come here to enjoy the peaks of festivity and fun. A number of makeshift tents offering exquisite handcrafted items and other specialties of Rajasthan add to its attraction.
Desert festival (Jaisalmer): January-February:
One of the most popular of all festivals it is a journey into the heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much traveled visitor.
Baneshwar fair( Dungarpur): February
Baneshwar Fair holds a significant importance among the tribal of Rajasthan. It offers a unique and much awaited opportunity to the rural mass to take a break from their routine and enjoy the various colors of the festival. The fair starts with a ceremony in which saffron is applied to the Shiva Linga in the temple of Baneshwar Mahadev.
Summer festival (Mount Abu): June
Organized in the hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this time of the year. folk dances and general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny ill resort.
Teej festival (Jaipur): July-August
A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Processions, women dressed in bright colours and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a women's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
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