March- The Month of Festivals in Rajasthan!

Celebrations in the form of fairs and festivals continue in Rajasthan almost all year round. And the month of March is no exception to it. It has come along with its joyous and colorful festivals that shouldn’t be missed. So this March is definitely the month for you to be in Rajasthan and have a glimpse of its art, culture, customs and history.

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Rajasthan folk have an unusual lure of festivals. Where some of the festivals are traditional, others have been recently introduced by the tourism department to showcase the rich heritage of Rajasthan. Are you ready to discover the festive side of this princely state that the month March is unveiling ?

The World Living Heritage Festival
Staged a few days before Holi, a four-day-long the World Living Heritage Festival will be celebrated within the City Palace of Udaipur. As we have mentioned in our previous blog that this festival is the celebration of the magical colors of life and the cultural diversity of Rajasthan’s Mewar region.

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Venue : The City Palace of Udaipur
Dates : March 13-16 , 2014

The Flamenco and Gypsy Festival
Falling on March 13-15, the Flamenco and Gypsy Festival at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is going to coincide with the World Living Heritage festival in Udaipur. If music is the food for your soul, you should definitely attend this three-day long musical extravaganza, where Rajasthani folk musicians and the legendary Flamenco and gypsy artists that live around the world will come together and present a more contemporary view of desert music and dance.

Gypsy Festival at Jodhpur
Gypsy Festival at Jodhpur

Venue : Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Dates : March 13-15, 2014

The Elephant Festival
As soon as these two festivals take farewell, the awe-inspiring Elephant Festival comes up. Celebrated on the eve of Holi, this festival offers a wonderful sight of the beautifully decorated elephants from trunk to toe. Elephant processions, races, polo and playing Holi on elephants are some of the events that one can enjoy during Elephant festival.

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Venue : Chaugan Stadium, Jaipur
Date : March 16, 2014

Holi Festival
On March-17, the traditional Holi festival will be exuberantly celebrated in Jaipur. It is a carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in if you enjoy getting wet and colored.
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Venue : Jaipur
Date : March 17, 2014

Travel to Rajasthan this March and savor the real flavor of the state filled with colors of joy.

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Makar Sankranti Celebration in Rajasthan

Makar Sakranti is a Hindu festival that is observed to mark the end of the chilly months of winter. When the glorious Sun starts its journey to the Northern Hemisphere, celebration of Makar Sankranti starts. It’s time to begin a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter.

This is the season when the skies are clear and the breeze seems pleasant making everyone in a jubilant mood. On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankrati, bathing in Haridwar, Kashi and other spiritual sites have a great significance, and the joy of season is celebrated by flying colorful kites in the sky.

Since many years, the cities- Jodhpur and Jaipur in Rajasthan have been hosting Kite Festival on Makar Sankranti with great fervor. The main attribute of the festival is the show of ‘diversity’ in all aspects. Kites all shapes and sizes are seen in the sky and the main competition is to cut the strings of nearby kite flyers and bring it down. For this purpose people intend to make their strings and sharp as possible, to give a tough fight to its opponent flyer. The special kite strings are coated with the mixture of glass and glue called as ‘manjha’.

Bright and colourful kites in striking shapes and unusual designs, some never seen before, would dot the sunny sky of Rajasthan on 14 January, 2014. Jaipur host International Kite Festival from January 14 to 16, 2014 at the Jal Mahal ground.

image courtesy: Gaurav Hajela Photography

image courtesy: Gaurav Hajela Photography

Kites made of leaves, paper, plastics, shiny material cover the sky on this day. All members of family gather on the roof top to enjoy the festival. Women sing traditional songs. They also prepare special food like til laddoos, Moongfali, gazak, dal pakodi and Gajar Ka Halwa. Over the course of the day relatives and friends visit each other to exchange greetings.

Til ke Ladoo, Moongfalli and gajak

Til ke Ladoo, Moongfalli and gajak

Enjoy the rejoicing festival of Makar Sankranti!!

 

Electro Techno Dance Music Festival at Alsisar- Rajasthan

Electro Techno and Dance music sourced from the underground sounds of India and played against the backdrop of Alsisar Mahal, a 17th century palace will mark a new music and arts festival in Shekhawati.
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Magnetic Fields to be held between December 13 and 15 at the Alsisar Mahal in the heritage village of Alsisar is one of the newest additions to the Indian music festival calendar with Charanjit Singh, the accidental pioneer of acid House, as the headliner. The lineup also boast of electro-dance on Shaa’ir + Func from Mumbai, producer Robot Koch from Berlin, Indian origin producer V.I.V.E.K from London who is one of the original pioneers of dubstep, popular drum and bass and electronic outfit Shiva Soundsystem (London) and UK based collective Engine-Earz featuring Orifice-Vulgatron. Other Indian talent at the festival would include Midival Punditz (delhi), trip-hop duo Sulk Station (Bangalore) and many other local folk performers.

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The Fest at Royal Alsisar Mahal is divided into night and day sections, and for those unwilling to call it a day, there would be dawn breaking secret pop up parties throughout the three days festival. Each morning will begin with yoga sessions on the lawn. Through the day, there will be snatches of local culture to sample, from folk artistes to local craftsmen along with free workshops giving a peek into the region’s history and legacy. The food at the fest will be a contemporary take on the best of local cuisines.

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Jaipur International Animation Film Festival (JIAFF) 2013

The Pink City plays host to the Jaipur International Animation Film Festival, where a great line up of short and feature films will be playing throughout the day and artwork will be on display in the gallery.

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With sell out screenings and great enthusiasm festival is set to be ultra fun, giving film makers more exposure, more reviews and more excitement for their films, whilst film lovers will get to see the ‘next big animated thing’ first!

Jaipur International Animation Film Festival is a part of the Jaipur International Film Festival, the world’s fastest growing film festival. The International Animation Festival by JIFF would be organized from October 06 to October 08, 2013 at various locations in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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Teej Festival concludes with beautiful colors

Teej Procession

Along with enjoying the monsoon showers and relishing Teej’s sweet delicacies such as fini and ghewar, those who thronged the Teej festival organized by the Department of Tourism also posed for pictures and clicked each other. The firang tourists, of course, were delighted. 

Showcasing the charm and culture of Rajasthan, the two-day monsoon fest kicked off with the traditional Teej procession led by decked up elephants, musical bands, chariots and folk performers in the walled city.

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The procession of the Teej Goddess began from the Tripoliya Gate and was the major attraction as the tourists got to see a little bit more of the traditional festival. Between trying to capture each and every moment of the procession on their cameras, the tourists also sampled the sweets and looked about at the items on sale at the Crafts Mela at JKK’s Shilpgram. This mela was done on the lines of a village fair, and had handicrafts shops with colourful ware, folk performances, elegantly decorated swings and, of course, the food court.

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Bringing diverse music on the same platform, this mela also showcased the refined classical music of India with artistes like sufi singer Sonam Kalra, Kuchipudi dancer Shalu Jindal, and singer Vidya Shah performing at the Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Teej celebration with cultural activities in Jaipur

Teej festival

Teej festival

The traditional Sawan Teej Festival will be organized from August 07 -11, 2013 in Jaipur. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) will once again be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events this year.

The traditional Teej procession with all its regal pomp and pageantry, will start on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also take place next day at the same time.

There is an enthusiastic wave of cheer and happiness among the tourists, the travel fraternity and the local populace due to the participation of 30 elephants as a special feature of the traditional Teej procession unlike last year’s ban on their use during the festivals.  The event will be led by an elephant which will carry the symbol. It will be followed by a mélange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: a cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar.

Besides, the folk and cultural performances at JKK will begin from August 09, 2013 from 07.00pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on August10, 2013, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On August11, 2013, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artistes.

A food and craft mela has also been organized from August 07 to 11, 2013 (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK. While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.

Organized by the Department of Tourism, arrangements have been made for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

Festivities of Teej in Jaipur

Fairs and festivals add much needed zing to our life and give us an opportunity to forget all our tensions and make merry. Fairs and festivals in Jaipur epitomize this very idea of living life to the hilt.

Teej Festival

Teej, the carnival of swings tributes the initiation of torrential rain month of Shravan (in the month of August). The torrential rain falls on the scorched land of Rajasthan and the lovely aroma of the wet soil mounts in the air. People hang the swings from trees and ladies would dress up in bright green clothes. They sing songs merrily thereby welcoming the monsoon. It is also a good time to shop for the Rajasthani ‘tie and dye’ fabrics, saris as well as trendy accessories from the decorated markets. Teej festival is devoted to the deity Parvati to tribute her unification with mighty God Shiva.

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Owing to the enjoyable ambiance of the neighbouring foliage, all women enjoy carefree swings. Hence, the key reason behind Teej festival is to make a woman of the house happy thus making the whole family to prosper.

Teej Festival

Starting from the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace at 06.00 pm and ending at Chaugun, the traditional royal procession would be led through the Tripolia Bazaar and Chhoti Chaupar on August 09 and 10, this year. Antique gilt palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, bedecked elephants, horses, camels, brass bands, and dances all form a part of this grand procession. The Palanquin of Goddess Paravati is carried by eight men dressed in red colour. This kilometre long parade travels through the embedded lanes of the old city. People come out in their traditional best to participate, witness and enjoy.

Teej is also an excellent time to enjoy Rajasthani delicacies like ‘Ghewar’ and ‘Feeni’ and ‘Malpuas’.

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