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.