Rajasthan is famous for its tradition and colourful culture. Rajasthan exhibit different colors and full of fairs and festivals such as Pushkar Fair,Nagaur Fair,Desert Festival,Camel Festival, Urs Festival in Ajmer,Teej Festival of Jaipur,Angaur Festival,Kite Festival,Karni Mata Festival,Baneshwar Fair and Sheetla Mata Fair.
Come October (or sometimes November) and the sleepy little town of Pushkar comes alive with a medley of vivid hues. There is a frenzied burst of activity and it is said that no fair in the world can match the liveliness of the Pushkar Fair. The fair is something much more than just being the world’s largest camel fair, it is an occasion for the villagers to enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life and the arid desert. The fair also has religious importance. Hindu pilgrims converge at Pushkar to take a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake and pay obeisance at the only Brahma temple in the world.
Camel Festival in Bikaner
This is an event marked by sheer grandeur and vivacity. Organised by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture of the Rajasthan Government, the festivals draws large crowds. Camel owners present their camels in the pageant held on the first day. The ships of the desert are decorated with swanky bridles and saddles as they walk majestically in the procession. Folk dances and music add to what is otherwise a camel-only affair. Camels captivate tourists with their movement, charm and grace.
The colourful state of Rajasthan celebrates Holi much the same way as Mathura. Crowds of people come together before the full moon night and light huge bonfires to burn the residual dried leaves of the winter. On the second day, people throw coloured water and powders (gulal and kumkum) at each other and make merry. Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of dhol add to the gaiety of the occasion.
Considered as the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated as the homecoming of Lord Rama. This 5 day long carnival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Houses and shops are given a rigorous spring clean before being lovingly decorated with fairy lights, patterned lanterns and colourful rangolis/kolams. Puja is organized in the evening to seek the blessings of Devi Lakshmi. After the religious ceremony, people share sweets with family and neighbours, followed by splendid fireworks. People exchange gifts and enjoy them as much possible. These 5 days are considered very auspicious as people purchase utensils and cloths, some even start new business during this time.