Celebrations / Festivals at Jaipur

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Jaipur is a festive town. Even the birth of a child is celebrated with grandeur here. There are some festivals with their unique style of celebration in Jaipur, which makes them world famous. If visiting Jaipur is in your bucket, we suggest planning the time accordingly so that you can also experience the special celebrations of Jaipur in Rajput style.

Well,  the festivals in this city are rooted in their origin and these all celebrated in maintaining all the old traditions and cultures. Few of the festivals are celebrated with very enthusiasm and excitement beyond any caste or creeds.

And to view this and to be a part of this festivals tourist from different parts of the world come to the  “Pink City” Jaipur and evolve and enjoy these festivals. Come let’s be a part of this amazing enjoyment and lets start the article with many facts that will surely mesmerize you.

The famous festivals of Jaipur

The elephant festival

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The elephants have been the vehicle of kings for a long time in Jaipur. To celebrate the importance of this ride, every year in the month of March-April, Jaipur celebrates the elephant festival.

The festival marks the procession of the decorated elephants. Also, there are events like elephant polo, elephant dances, and tug of war between the elephants and men.

Elephants are symbols of royalty, strength and they were very important back then. AS they were used for wars, entertainment, celebrations, etc. So the Elephant festival is celebrated to keep this tradition alive.

On this special day, Elephants are groomed with many pieces of jewelry and color full paintings. most of the elephants who participate in these programs are female and their mahouts take great pride in decorating them and for participating.

 

Gangaur

Gangaur festival jaipur
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Gangaur festival is devoted to the Hindu god Shiva and his wife Parvati. Married women celebrate this festival by taking the procession of the clay idol of Lord Shiva, Parvati, and their son Ganesha. People celebrate Gangaur during the month of March or April.

This festival is massively celebrated in Madhyapradesh and Rajasthan and this festival is also seen in some parts of West Bengal, Telangana, and Gujarat.  In Rajasthan, this festival is celebrated for around 16 days.

Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur literature festival
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Jaipur literature festival is the largest literary festival in the Asia Pacific. The festival takes place usually in the month of January each year.

Considered as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, every year, the Jaipur Literature Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sportspeople, and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom of expression and engage in thoughtful debates and dialogues.

You can read more about this festival here.

Teej

Teej Festival
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The Teej festival is a community event, where a group of women prays for the long lives of their husbands in temples. One can find special decorations in the temples during the Teej. Women do fasting and dress up to celebrate Teej. Women celebrate Teej according to the Hindu calendar, which usually falls around the month of September.

The major attractions of the Teej Festival are the swings that are fixed to the branches of large trees on which the women take turns to enjoy swinging. Special festival songs are sung, and the women decorate their hands with henna.

Although the festival is celebrated across the length and breadth of the state, Jaipur makes for an ideal place to see the celebration of Haryali Teej. A two-day procession is held in the city that is worth a watch. On the other hand, Bundi in Shekhawati Region is the best place to visit during Kajari.

The donkey festival

The donkey festival
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One of the exciting festivals of Jaipur is the Jaipur Donkey Festival held every year when people get to exclusively buy and sell donkeys. Many traders come from as far as North India to sell their donkeys here. The festival allows one to witness a large number of these animals adorned with a myriad of accessories making it a visual treat for the eyes. This is also an exciting opportunity for potters, washermen, and all those engaged in construction activities to find a good deal to buy this useful loader in their respective fields.

This is a 500-year-old tradition that is similar to the Camel Fair of Pushkar. The fair takes place in a small village called Looniyabaas which is just 20 km away from the main city of  Jaipur. An exciting feature of this festival is the various sports activities and donkey races held here. Recently, the government is also promoting this festival as well as providing support for breeding and better race of donkeys by various programs.

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The Kite Festival
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Held on January 14 every year, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the kite festival is marked by the presence of a plethora of kites. Also, during dusk time, the city comes alive with the skyscape being filled with lamps and fireworks. The International kite festival hosts participants from all across the world for a number of kite competitions that take place on this particular day. Besides, people take the opportunity to take a dip into the holy water of the Ganges. One can enter the city and enjoy the festival, irrespective of their religion.

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More information about Jaipur-

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Jaipur’s special cuisine

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