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Festivals in Rajasthan
 
Camel, 'the ship of the desert', has been an integral part in the life of the people of Rajasthan, since time unknown. To honor this wonderful creature, Rajasthan celebrates the Camel Festival every year at Bikaner. The festival is celebrated to show the role and importance of camels in Rajasthan. This colorful cultural event is organized by the Department of Tourism of the Rajasthan Government, every year in the month of January.

The festival starts with the procession of beautifully decorated camels passing before the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner while heading towards the open sand grounds. And here the colorful camel pageant starts. On the first day of the event, a contest for the best decoration and jewellery, the best fur cutting design on camels and the best breed of camel is organized. Camel races, camel dancing performances are held on the second day of the event. The amazing foot movements and dancing performances of camels here cast a magical spell on the spectators. Cultural performances of folk dances and music add to the pageantry of the Camel Festival. The festival ends with a magnificent display of fireworks, which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner. The colorful camel festival provides you the best opportunity to see the camels at their best. Thousands of tourist from all around the world visit Bikaner every year to enjoy this colorful cultural extravaganza.

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Gangaur is one of the most important and widely celebrated traditional festivals of Rajasthan. The word Gangaur is derived from two words 'Gan' a synonym of Siva and 'Gauri' of his consort Parvathi. The festival commences on the day following Holi and continues for about 2 weeks. The festival is held in the honor of Gauri who is regarded as the symbol of virtue and fidelity and a mythological role model of married women. While married women worship Gauri for the welfare of their husband, the young unmarried girls worship her for being blessed with a spouse of their choice.

The festival commences with the ritual of collecting ashes from the Holika Dahan (Holi Fire) and burying seeds of wheat and barley in it. Then the seeds are watered every day until the germination takes place. The ritual is performed with the songs praising Isar and Gauri and the carrying of painted water pots on women heads.

The ritual is performed with songs of Isar and Gauri (Shiva and Parvathi) and the varying of pots of water on the head. Women folks also make clay images of Gauri and Isar. On the evening of the seventh day after Holi, unmarried girls take out a parade with ghudlia (an earthen pot with holes around and a lamp inside) on their heads. On the way they are gifted presents such as sweets, ghee, oil and cash. The ritual continues for a fortnight till the conclusion of the Gangaur Festival. The festivity reaches to its peak during the last three days of the festival. On the last day Colorful images of Gauri are taken out in procession accompanied by the camels, bullock carts, horses and elephants, decorated in traditional finery. Songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband's house. The procession concludes with the girls breaking their pots and throwing all the consignment into a tank or a pond.

Another unique characteristic of this colorful festival is that on this occasion, tribal men and women have an opportunity to meet and interact freely. They can select a life partner of their choice and marry only by eloping.

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The Desert Festival is one of the most popular cultural events on the annual festival calendar of Rajasthan. The colorful event is held every year at Jaisalmer in the months of January/February. The festival is a showcase of the performing arts and crafts of Rajasthan. The melodious tunes and rhythms of the folk musicians and amazing folk dance performances by renowned artists create a spellbound effect on spectators. The event is organized on the famous golden sand dunes at Sam near Jaisalmer. Colorful craft bazaars set up for the occasion are an added attraction of the festival.

Many exciting competitions are held during this colorful event. Camel races, the turban-tying contest, Mr. Desert contest and a contest for the longest moustache add more color and charm to this cultural extravaganza. The colorfully decorated camels take you to the beautiful sand dunes in the nearby regions. While in Jaisalmer, you can also visit the famous mansions and forts of Jaisalmer. A visit to Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon - ki - Haveli and Gadsisar Lake among many more can be a rewarding experience for you.

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Pushkar is a small holy town in Rajasthan located at about 135 km from Jaipur and 10 km from Ajmer. The Pushkar Lake situated here is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India. Besides, being an important pilgrimage center for Hindus, Pushkar is also known for its annual Pushkar fair, which has a religious as well as traditional character. The festival is held for 5 days during the occasion of Karthik Purnima, which generally falls in the month of October and November every year. Thousands of devotees from all over the world throng to the lake to take a sacred dip into it, as the Hindus believe that a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake is very auspicious at this time.

On this auspicious occasion, the largest camel fair of India is held at Pushkar. Camels coming to the fair are decorated with great care and wear jewelry of silver and beads. The silver bells and bangles around their ankles make an interesting sound when they walk. An interesting feature of camels coming in the fair is piercing of their nose, which is considered a must ritual. In this fair mass trading of camel is done. Besides camels other cattle are also bought and sold. It's estimated that over 25,000 camels are traded in the Pushkar fair, making it the largest camel fair of the world.

Other attractions of the Pushkar fair are various cultural and sports programs organized everyday during the fair. Camel races, dances, camel beauty contest and camel vs. men Tug of war contests make the festival more charming and colorful. In a way the fair showcases the passion and liveliness of the local people towards life.

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