Rajasthan: Festivals and Fairs

Rajasthan: Festivals and Fairs

Rajasthan: Festivals & Fairs: Rajasthan is a land of fairs & festivals, but before we can get understanding of these it is essential to learn the names of Indian Seasons & months, as the India festivals & fairs are organized based on Hindi calendar, which is LUNAR.

 

Basics of Hindu Lunar Calendar

  • In Hindu calendar, year begins with 1- Chaitra:
  • First day after new moon (Amavsya)
  • New Year of Vikram Samvat (2076 in 2019)
  • New Year of Saka Samvat (Official Government calendar)
  • 1 Chaitra = 22 march (Normal year) & 21 March (Leap year)
  • Chaitra = 30 days (normal year) & 31 days (Leap year)

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Now, we shall describe the festival according to the months:

Festivals and Fairs of Rajasthan in Chaitra:

Festival:

  • Gangor
    • Worship of Eser ji & Gauri ji made of clay.
    • 16 days festival
    • Main Celebration: Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota
    • Colonel Tod described Gangor of Udaipur

Fairs:

  • Karni Mata Mela (I)
    • At Bada – in Nokha, Bikaner
    • From Shukla – 1st -10th
  • Lakhi Mela
    • At Mahavir Ji, Sawai Madhopur
    • From Chaitra Shuka 1st – Vaisakha Krishna 3rd
  • Kaila Devi Mela
    • At Sawai Madhopur
    • From Krishna 12th –Shukla 12th
    • Main: Shukla – 8th

Festivals & Fairs of Rajasthan in Vaisakha:

  • Brith Hari Mela
    • In Alwar

Festivals & Fairs of Rajasthan in Shravana:

  • Kalyan Ji ka Mela
    • At Diggipuri-Malpura- Tonk
    • On Amaysya
  • Teej ka Mela
    • At Jaipur(Famous), rest rajasthan also
    • On Shukla -3rd

Festivals & Fairs of Rajasthan in Bhadra:

  • Baba Ramdev Ji ka Mela
    • At Runicha – Pokaran- Jaisalmer
    • From Shukla Paksh – 2nd -11th
  • Brithari Mela(II)
    • In Alwar
  • Karjali Teej Mela
    • In Bundi on 3rd

Ashwin:

  • Karni Mata Mela
    • In Nokh, Bikaner
    • From Sukla 1st -10th

Kartik:

  • Kapil Muni Mela
    • In Kolayat Bikaner
    • On Kartik Purnima
  • Puskar Mela
    • In Pushkar, Ajmer
    • On Kartik Purnima

Magha:

  • Beneshwar Mela
    • In Beneshawar, Dungarpur
    • On Purnima (Shivratri)

Phalguna:

  • Khatu Shyam ji Mela
    • In Sikar
    • From Shukla 10th -12th 

 

FAIRS & FESTIVALS in Rajasthan based on Gregorian Calendar

January

  • Kite Festival
    • Celebrated across the state of Rajasthan but the festivities are at peak in Jaipur.
    • 14th January of any year.
  • Camel Festival, Bikaner
    • The camel festival is organised by the Department of Tourism in Bikaner.
    • Organised on 2nd Saturday-Sunday in January every year.

June

  • Summer Festival, Mount Abu
    • The three-day festival is held at Mount Abu in June every year and is a feast of folk and classical music.

October

  • Marwar Festival
    • Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual two-day event attempts to showcase the art and culture of the Jodhpur region.

November

  • Bundi Festival
    • Celebrated in district of Bundi.
  • Matsya Festival
    • Celebrated in Alwar
  • Pushkar Fair
    • Pushkar fair is held in November in Pushkar, Ajmer

December

  • Ranakpur Festival
    • Ranakpur located in district Pali.
    • Usually held on the 21st and 22nd of December every year
  • Winter Festival
    • The annual Winter Festival held at Mount Abu in December.
    • The dates for 2019 are 29th December and 30th December
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