Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Fairs & Festivals


Rajasthan has an unending cycle of fairs and festivals throughout the year. They are perhaps the most colourful and spectacular in the whole of India. Some of  the important festivals are:

Teej in Rajasthan


Teej has been assigned the first place among the festivals. There are three Teej festivals in a year and fairs are held on those occasions in towns and villages. Teej, on the third day of the bright half of the month of Shravan is a festival for girls. The Teej for the daughter's-in-law is held on the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadon. Daughter's and daughter's-in-law are offered sweets and garments on this day. Swings are a common sight and newly married girls return to their parents home for the festival. The festival celebrates the beginning of the rainy season and peasant families come to the cities for the occasion. The most colourful Teej fair is held at Jaipur. In big towns impressive processions, led by gorgeously caparisoned elephants, camels and horses are taken out which make a grand spectacle.