PUSKAR FAIR is in the November (Kartik Month) for 05 days where pilgrims from all over the world come to take a dip into holy waters of the Legendary Pushkar Lake. A ritual is so sacred that it is believed to bestow salvation.During the festival, the fair ground reverberates with festivity with people shopping for hand printed clothes,bangles,votive offereings,toys,camel saddles,glass beads,leather goodes,in laid brassware and other sundry household items in hundreds of gaily canopiedbooths. In conjuction with the religious fair,a cattle fair is also organized.Camels,horses,donkes and bullocks are traded in the hundreds.Different activites like compitations draws huge attentition.
SURAJKUND Festival is celebrated from 1st to 15th February every year which is showcase of Indian Tradition and Culture. Crafts Mela showcases some of the most exquisite handlooms and handicrafts of India. Handmade fabrics soaked in ethnic colours make an eye catching display for the visitor. This festival is organised, managed and run the Surajkund International Craft Mela at Surajkund Faridabad with a view to promote handicrafts, handlooms with the aid of craftsmen invited from all over the country.
14th January of every year which is locally celebrated at Uttarayan, celebrated as International Kite festival in Ahamadabad, Gujurat. Kites of all shapes and sizes are flown, and the main competition is to battle nearby kite-flyers to cut their strings and bring down their kites. For this, people find their favored kite-makers who prepare strong resilient kite bodies with springy bamboo frames and kite-paper stretched to exactly the right tension. Lastly, the kites are attached to a spool (or firkin) of manja, special kite-string coated with a mixture of glue and glass to be as sharp as possible for cutting strings of rival kites. Production of kites and kite supplies can be seen on the streets of Ahmedabad beginning in November, to get ready for Uttarayan, and nowhere more so than in Patang Bazaar, the special kite market that appears in the old city. For the week preceding the festival, it is open 24 hours a day for all kite lovers to stock up for the festivities.
Ratha Yatra or car festival of Puri (Odisha), held in the month of June/July is one of the most sacred and important festivals of India. A large number of Pilgims from all over the country pour into Puri to witness this colourful festival. Jagannath ,Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken in chariots to the Gundicha Ghar (Gundicha Temple) for a week and then returned to the main temple,They go by three separate chariots led by Balabhadra’s Chariot,Taladwaja.The festivals starts with a golden broom and Sprinkles holy water,symbolizing that all are equal before god.Then to frenzied cries and music and the dancing of ash-smeared Sadhus,the chariots start inching towards their destination,drawn by the sea of eager devotees,The jouney of only mile may take more than 24hours.Virtually all other activities in the town come to a stands during the festival.
The Kerala Elephant festival is celebrated every year in the month of Medam (Mid April -Mid-May) as per the Malayalam Calendar at Thrissur in the Indian coastal state of Kerala. Though there are many festivals held in Kerala where elephants are involved in ceremonies and processions but the grandiose scale at which the Thrissur Pooram is held with its large gathering of decorated elephants and the sea of humanity that descends on Thrissur during the Pooram qualifies it to be termed as “The Elephant Festival” of Kerala, an opportunity not to be missed if you are planning to visit India or Kerala during this time of the year.
Nagaland which is very much well for it’s Tribal Culture organizes Hornbill festival in the 1st week of December every year. This celebration is like a showcase to exhibit local music, dance and culture.
Joranda Mela a colorful festival of India is celebrated in Joranda in the Dhenkanal District of Odisha in the Mahima cult Monastery in the Month Magha (Feb/Mar) for 03 days. Thausands of Mahima monks are gathered in this monastery and a huge Holy Lamp is offered by Mahima Monks in the evening with lot of rituals. During the festival, the fair ground reverberates with festivity with people shopping for hand printed clothes, bangles, votive offereings, toys ,glass beads,leather goodes,brassware and local art and crafts.Thusands of local people gather here to enjoy Opera play.
Chandrabhaga is the beach near Famous World Heritage Site Sun Temple of Konark where this Magha Saptami Festival is celebrated in the month of February where thousands thousands pilgrims gather on this beach from previous evening with all cooking ingredients to cook their meal and do the offereing and next day very early morning pilgrims have a look (Darshan) on Sun Rise from the sea. To explore this local culture people visit this place from different part of India and from different country.
Dhanu Yatra relating to the episode of lord Krishna’s visit to Mathura to witness the ceremony of bow is colourfully observed at Baragarh during (Dec-Jan) of Odisha.The town of Baragarh becomes Mathura,the river Jira becomes Yamuna and the village Ambapali on other bank of the river becomes Gopa.Different acts of the Puranic descriptions are performed at their right places and spectaculars move from place to place with the actions to see the performance.
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