Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan in 2019

Summer is the hottest time in the dry land of Rajasthan. But at the same time it is the best time to view the affluent heritage and culture. This is the time when most culture programs are organized and the artistes perform colorful folk songs and dances in the vibrant Rajasthani attire.

It is also the best time to taste the delectable cuisine & sweets. There are a number of festivals celebrated in this colorful way and several fairs are organized during these seasons in Rajasthan.

Some of them mentioned here are famous, others are not so popular but all appraise the incredible & colorful appeal of the state.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival

This is a colorful and musical cultural festival that is celebrated over 5 days during the Sharad Purnima in the blue city – Jodhpur. Organized at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, there are over 250 musicians and traditional artists from the count and abroad who jointly give a colorful fusion performance.

RIFF, also called Jodhpur Folk Festival is the first folk festival celebrated annually in the country from 2007. During the festival period, other programs are organized including interactive sessions for school kids and families too with the great Mehrangarh Fort in the setting.

When is it celebrated?

From October 10th, 2019 to October 14th, 2019.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Pushkar Camel Fair

This colorful trade fair attracts tourists from all over the world and large crowds gather to trade and view the country’s largest cattle fair. Exciting events are organized including the first and biggest crowd puller – camel race.

The camels in the race are given points on how they listen to their owner’s orders and their decoration and race while music plays in the background and crowds cheer on. Other events include bridal competition, camel & horse dance, Kabadi match, turban competition, a variety of colorful cultural programs & the longest mustache competition!

When is it celebrated?

From November 4th to November 12, 2019.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Teej Festival

This is one of the most important festivals in parts of North India celebrated in happiness especially by women. The main procession includes dressing Goddess Teej in Red & Gold colors while chanting. Women dress in green color signifying the green fields as they celebrate the coming of rainy season or the monsoons.

There are three Teej fests known as Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. Young girls dress in colorful clothes, sing and dance happily while married women go to their maternal regions and are generally gifted new saris. Swings decorated with flowers hang from trees and several culture programs including dance and music is organized as crowds gather to trade, eat & drink.

When is it celebrated?

It is celebrated on August 3, 2019

Teej Festival

Summer Festival in Mount Abu

One of the most popular summer festivals in Rajasthan, it is a must see as there are many reasons to watch the fair. It is celebrated over 2 days during the month of Buddha Purnima. The warm hospitality of the local people, the picturesque hillside location with lakes, and cooler climate provide favorable conditions to celebrate this colorful summer festival.

There are a different culture programs held providing an opportunity to learn about the rich culture & traditions of Rajasthan. Exciting competitions including Skating, CRPF band performance, tug of war, horse race, Matka Race, Panihari, Deepdhan, and Horse Races are organized – so don’t forget to be part of it.

When is it celebrated?

April 29th & April 30, 2019

Summer Festival in Mount Abu

Winter Festival in Mount Abu

Mount Abu is an amazing hill station in the hot desert state of Rajasthan. The winter festival has several exciting competitions and interesting cultural programs to see. The main attraction to this Mela is the procession of the opening ceremony starting at Hotel RTDC Shikar & ending at Nakki Lake Chowk.

As it has many lakes, there are water sports and rowing competitions organized here. There are also exhibition cricket matches held here. Tribal troupes from neighboring states like Haryana and Gujarat also perform folk dances. Fireworks light up the sky on the grand finale of this riot of festivities.

When is it celebrated?

December 29th to December 31, 2018

Winter Festival in Mount Abu

Mewar Festival

The Annual Mewar Festival welcomes the King of Seasons- Spring. Hence, celebrations include a riot of colors, several traditional & cultural activities and rituals. The local women specially dress Goddess Gangaur and Isar and carry them on their heads.

This happens in a procession throughout the Gangaur Ghat and ends at lake Pichola where special boats take the images deep into Lake Pichola to immerse them. Various colorful ceremonies are organized and women pray during this time for marital bliss while young girls pray for a good husband. The Mewar festival is celebrated to carry on the traditions & culture of Mewar and its heritage structures. Want to be a part of this festival, take a ride of luxury train – Palace on Wheels and enjoy this festival.

When is it celebrated?

April 6th to April 8th, 2019

Mewar Festival Rajasthan

Kota Adventure Festival

The adventure festival coincides with the Dushera festival and is full of adventure. As the name suggests, there are numerous adventure sports competitions organized here. Tall cut – out sculptures and shiny figures are the highlights of this festival that lasts over two weeks.

Adventure sports such as rock climbing, parasailing, angling, rural excursions, water skiing, kayaking, gliding etc. are organized here. If you are an adventure enthusiast, get the best pulsating adventure sports experiences at the Kota Adventure Festival.

When is it celebrated?

October 18th to November 5, 2019 (Needs Confirmation)

Kota Adventure Festival

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