Being a highly spirited and spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India, and Jaipur is one of the most wonderful and lively city in Rajasthan that celebrates each festival with great fervor and enthusiasm. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year in Jaipur offer a marvelous way of seeing Indian culture and its people’s way of celebrating life at its best. Remarkably, a huge number of tourists from other parts of India and foreign lands flock to Jaipur just to witness and take part in these vivacious festivals celebrated in Jaipur. As the World Tourism Day is approaching, we at Jaipur Beat want you to be acquainted with all the popular festivals celebrated in Jaipur.
Here we go-
The colorful and lively spirited two days festival in Jaipur celebrates the victory of good over evil and the abundance of spring harvest! The fun of exuberantly throwing color powder and water all over each other, dancing on raunchy numbers under water sprinklers with tempting treats of bhang pakodas, thandai and gujiyas is just unexplained!! Holi in Jaipur, which is scheduled for 13th March in 2017, is a fun filled festival to participate if you are happy to get drenched in colors and colorful water 😀
It is the time of spring when Goddess Parvati meets her beloved Lord Shiva after a long time. While the women in Jaipur pray for long life of their husbands. An elaborate procession of accoutrements with adorned camels, horses and elephants parade through the walled city of Jaipur. And, this procession of Teej is an important tourism activity, which is an experience of lifetime for the travelers and photographers. Jaipur’s streets can be seen brimming with lehariya fabrics and sarees, the festive dessert Ghewar adds perfect flavor to ignite temptations. Mark your calendar for 24th August 2017, Thursday 🙂
Gangaur Festival is also marked in reverence to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The word is formed from ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’Gan is another name of Shiv while Gauri is used to address Parvati. The festival, which will fall on 30th March 2017, is celebrated by women of Jaipur. Similar to Teej, a mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur via Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar with chariots, decorated camels, dancing folk artists, brass bands and royal palanquins for two days.
This is one festival which eliminates all the boundaries between young and old, kid and elders. Many tourists plan their Jaipur vacation in such a way that it falls around Sankranti. A tremendous blend of fun and religious observances, Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year and the day is celebrated as Kite Festival. The religious significance of the festival is marked by doing charity and taking an early morning holy dip in Galtaji- the religious water pond in Jaipur.! The Pink City’s sky turns into a canvas of colors with Kites; the spirited sounds of “Woh Kata”, hot pakodas and loud speaker music – each element of Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is worth not to be missed. As the day fall in the arms of evening a marvelous show of firework and lanterns mesmerizes the onlookers till late night.
- Jaipur Jewellery Show
Jaipur Jewellery Show, to be held on 23, 24, 25, 26 December 2016 at JECC Sitapura, Jaipur. is one of the most spectacular jewellery shows in entire Asia. Connoisseurs of gems and jewels from across the world visit Jaipur to attend this show of Glitz and glamour. One thing which is synonymous to Jaipur today is its exquisite jewellery. Jaipur’s quintessential jewellery is widely acclaimed not just for its superior craftsmanship but also for emotions that each creation is able to garner. Such is the extensive display of gemstones, rough stones and finished exquisite jewellery that no one can resist admiring this Show.
- Jaipur Literature Festival
World’s largest free literary festival happens in Jaipur ! Every year, everyone, not just in Jaipur, but from all around the world visits the pink city especially for this magnetic festival that keeps getting better every time like the old wine. To get a taste and a glimpse of the literary geniuses from all genres, people swarm in to the Jaipur Literature Festival with a footfall of around 2 lakh in 5 days. Apart from literature, one gets to witness the latest fashion trends, the best eateries, all kinds of cuisines, and a whole new shopping experience at JLF. Save the Dates: 19- 23 January, 2017.
7. Diwali Festival
The city celebrates the festival of Diwali in its own fashionable manner. As far as eyes could see, there is burst of lights in culturally vibrant Jaipur. Trust us; Jaipur is the best place to experience Diwali festivity where all the streets, shops and buildings are bathed in the magnificence of colorful lights and decorations. The festivities of Diwali will amaze you one week prior and after the October 30th, 2016.
With a charm unlike any other city, now you must be knowing why Jaipur has a prominent place on tourists map 🙂