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Festivals of Rajasthan that reflect the State’s Rich Culture and Traditions

Rajasthan, the land of kings, is popularly known for its rich culture, heritage, and colorful events. The state attracts tourists from all over the world who prefer to explore its scenic beauty, historical tales, and art forms.

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Vidhan Sabha during Festive celebration

Vidhan Sabha during Festive celebration

Gangaur Festival

Gangaur Festival

Mewar Festival

Mewar Festival

Urs Festival

Urs Festival

World Sufi Spirit Festival

World Sufi Spirit Festival

Kite Festival Jodhpur

Kite Festival Jodhpur

Kota Adventure Festival

Kota Adventure Festival

Udaipur World Music Festival

Udaipur World Music Festival

Lake Festival

Lake Festival

The Sacred Pushkar

The Sacred Pushkar

Flamenco and Gypsy Festival

Flamenco and Gypsy Festival

However, it’s not just the hospitality and mannerism of the Rajasthani people that is heart winning, the way they gather and celebrate their fairs and festivals is also a treat to watch.

Presented below is a list of festivals of Rajasthan that will give you a glimpse into the amazing spirit of the state:

Gangaur Festival  

This Rajasthani festival is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Parvati and her home-coming. The term ‘Gan’ means Lord Shiva while ‘Gaur’ refers to Gauri. For the celebration, married women observe fast and pray for the well being of their husbands.

Women dress up in traditional attire, carry earthen pots with lamps inside them, and sing songs of Gangaur. There is also an exchange of gifts as a token of love. A grand procession takes place, which is led by elephants, palanquins, and folk artists.

Mewar Festival 

The Mewar festival marks the commencement of spring that is celebrate with great joy and glory in the city of Udaipur. Much like Gangaur, the celebration involves practices like dressing up idols of Isar and Gangaur and carrying out a procession throughout the city.

During this festival, several cultural programs are also organized, whereby people sing and dance with joy. One can observe the city filled with lights and colors during the celebration.

Urs Festival

Celebrated with great zeal at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, this festival takes place between the month of May and June.  It commemorates the death anniversary of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the revered Sufi Saint.

Ajmer hosts a 6-day long fair as it’s believed that the saint cooked for 6 days before his bereavement. During these 6 sacred days, huge crowds of followers visit the holy shrine at the Dargah and enjoy singing programs whereby professional qawwals are called upon to sing qawwalis.

World Sufi Spirit Festival 

Taking place in Jodhpur, this festival celebrates the spirit of music and shows how Sufism is beyond any religion. This musical saga is organized in a royal setup of the Nagaur Fort for four days followed by a 2-day celebration at the Mehrangarh Fort.

Bringing together artists from across the world, the celebration involves mystical poetry recitation, music, and dance performances. Decorated with thousands of burning candles, the ambience commemorates the spiritual arts and travelers who brought a sense of inspiration to the civilization.

Kite Festival Jodhpur

Although Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout India with loads of excitement, it has a special place in the hearts of Rajasthanis. In the city of Jodhpur, the kite flying is celebrated at an international level whereby participants hail from all over the world.

Celebrated at the Polo Ground, this three-day festival is marked by the presence of helicopters that release several kites in the sky joined by the balloons released by school children. With so many designer kites filling up the skies, it’s a priceless, breathtaking view.

Kota Adventure Festival

Observed in the month of October during Dussehra, this festival is quite different in the sense that it’s a point of attraction for the adventure sports lovers. It takes place in the panoramic setup of Kota, at the bank of the Chambal River. Here people can participate in a wide range of events like parasailing, water skiing, rafting, wind surfing, kayaking. Other adventurous activities include trekking, gliding, rural excursions, angling, etc.

Udaipur World Music Festival

Every year, in the month of February, Udaipur city hosts the World Music Festival which offers great entertainment to the music lovers. In this three-day event, people from various countries take part and come together to create a musical magic which is beyond all kinds of language and cultural barriers.

The latest edition of the fest witnessed a total of 150 music artists from more than 16 countries. Right from Electro Sufi music to Afro Cuban rhythms and from Indian classical music to London’s choir rendition of ‘One Love’; the celebration embraced every element that any music lover could ask for.

Lake Festival

Touted as the ‘Lake City’ and ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur boasts of mesmerizing, splendid lakes because of which it’s the first choice of many travelers. Organised by the Rajasthan Tourism Department, this event attracts a lot of travelers.

Apart from the water sports like Dragon Boat Race, Canoe Polo, Kayaking, there are some other activities like kite flying, bird watching, cyclothan, marathon, etc. Moreover, people can even get themselves registered for the public cause of saving water reservoirs.

The Sacred Pushkar

This newly introduced Rajasthani festival is aimed at evoking the spirituality of the onlookers through music, yoga, and meditation. The celebration involves various religious and traditional hymns.

The participants were also taken on a Heritage Walk through the streets, ghats, and temples of the city. It includes a visit to shrines like Varah Temple, Atmateshwar Mahadev, Baai Ji ka Mandir, Old Rangjee temple, Zahangir Mahal, whereby musical performances are held alongside local market fares.

Flamenco & Gypsy Festival

Celebrated in Jodhpur, this is the one of the most prominent events amongst the fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. More than entertainment, the objective of this festival is to bring together the Rajasthani folk musicians and Flamenco, as well as Gypsy artists from around the globe.

The festival is hosted by the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort during the month of March or April. Carried on for 3 days, this musical extravaganza presents an unusual blend of music and dance of Rajasthan with Spain’s Flamenco style and Gypsy culture.

This is the list of festivals of Rajasthan that are passionately enjoyed throughout the state in a great spirit.  Such celebrations of togetherness adorned with colors, lights, and music reflect the uniqueness of Rajasthan and its amazing hospitality.  

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