India awaits you to come discover its fairs and festivals.
India is an incredible country with a spectacular mix of people, traditions and landscapes. It is a country where every great religion finds a home. A country where people believe in “Atithi Devo Bhava” , which means guests are a reflection of God.
It is a country worth visiting at least once in your life time, to truly feel closer to God. Inner peace or Spa retreats, your reason may differ but every moment of your life in India will be a moment of magnificent transformation.
India is nation of diversity. The Indian fairs and festivals are a wonderful statement on the country’s diversity. Fairs and festivals either celebrate a change of season or are of a religious nature. The different fairs and festivals, celebrated through the special rituals of the varied cultures, add to the colours of the Indian heritage.
Here are some of the famous fairs and festivals of India:
Pushkar Camel Fair
One of the world’s largest Camel fairs, the Pushkar Camel Fair is a five day Camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is rich in customs that echos the traditional way of life in India. It culminates with a mass bathing of Hindu pilgrims. The celebration brings together people from all over the world. You’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy the fair, with events such as tug-of-war, mustache competitions, kabbadi matches, and the turban tying contests.
Kumbh Mela is considered to be one of the most important religious events in India. The origin of the festival lie in the ancient belief in the conflict between the gods and demons over the possession of the Amrit Kumbh, a pitcher filled with the nectar of immortality. It is held once in 12 years. A large number of people gather on the banks of Ganges, to take a dip in the holy river in accordance to the popular belief that Kumbh, offers a chance to purify the people in the spiritual sense by eradicating all sins. Drawn by the exotic traditions, people from all over the world come to take part in this momentous event. Traditionally, the four fairs are widely recognized as Kumbh Mela: the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nashik Kumbh Mela and the Ujjain Kumbh Mela.
The urs festival is an annual festival held at Ajmer, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, to commemorate Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s unification with God. It is held over six days and features night long qawwali singing. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The festival witnesses over five hundred thousand devotees from every caste, creed and religious faith.
The streets of Goa come alive for three days and four nights with lights and colors . The festival is celebrated before the Catholic season of Lent. It is one of the most famous Indian carnivals. The “Carnival” is unique to Goa as it was introduced by the Portuguese, who ruled Goa for over 500 years. Goa’s carnival features floats, singing, dancing, grand balls, and the famous red-and-black dance held by the Club National in Goa’s capital, Panjim.
Rann Utsav celebrates the culture and life of Gujarat. It offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to experience the diverse traditions of the people of Kutch, a district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Kutch is famous for its mud architecture , a medley of craft traditions and exquisite apparel. The beautiful ‘White Desert’ awakens to an endless cycle of dance and other festivities during the grand celebration. The colorful fairs, held near the beach, host activities such as horse riding, camel safaris, bird watching, para-motoring and others . The international Kite festival is another popular event at Rann Utsav, people from all over the world come to participate in this momentous event . At Rann Utsav, everyone is bound to enjoy each moment.
If you want to experience the magic of these wonderful fairs and festivals, your next destination, with no doubt, should be INDIA.
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Post by Madiha Shariq / Travart Blogs / 01 September 2016
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