With the festive season fast approaching, today I am sharing my thoughts on festival fever of Jaipur City. The vibrant city Jaipur, exhibits some of the best moments in a person’s life and quite vibrant colored festivals are a part of the tradition and culture of the city. With some of the traditional festivals of the state in the form of the Gangaur along with the widely celebrated ones in the form of Teej and Kite Festivals, they are the display of highly enthusiastic ones.
- Gangaur Festival
The festival, only been celebrated in the state of Rajasthan and some parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, this colorful festival is the most important one for the people living in Rajasthan. This festival is the great fervor and devotion by women, who are devotes of Gauri. The festival is celebrated each year during the months of March and April and is the celebration of harvest, spring and Martial Fidelity. The festival is celebrated for been blessed with a good husband, in case of unmarried ones, while for the married ones; it is the festival to seek blessings for health, welfare and long life of their husbands and for a happy married life. The festival beings on the first day of chaitra and continues till 16 days. Full 18 days of course, in case of unmarried women is bound to be observed during the festival.
- Teej Festival
Teej, another festival primarily for women, is the one, which is celebrated during the monsoon season and is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her reunion with her husband Lord Shiva. During this festival, Goddess Parvati is worshiped and features a customary tradition of putting Mehandi on hands and feet of Women, which is generally a part of the event on the day before Hariyali Teej, which is most often is celebrated as Sinjara, In the capital city of Rajasthan, the elaborate procession is what signifies the Teej Festival and is generally hosted for two consecutive days. The Traditional Ghewar is the significance of this Teej Festival.
- Kite Festival
The Kite Festival, celebrated on 14th January is the one, which is celebrated on the day of Makar Sankranti. The Kite Festival in Rajasthan is in fact world famous and people from all around the globe come here to be a part of this wonderful day. Several kite competitions all over the state are a part of this wonderful day. On this festival, the pink city turns colorful with the beautiful and decorated kites in the sky. The People of Jaipur take a holy dip at Galtaji and offer Praying to God of Sun. The seeking of blessings for wealth, health and good crop is the motive behind this festival.
There are several festivals of Rajasthan, which remarkably signify the heritage and culture of the state. Festivals show us the way to unity and empowers any nation. Festivals of all religions are celebrated with same zeal and gusto. Festivals are the way for the people for being together and show love and respect to each other!