Festival Calender, Jaipur
One of the most renowned festivals celebrated in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the Elephant festival. The elephant festival is usually held in the month of march at the time of another major festival of city called Holi. During this festival, the elephants are adorned and decorated with beautiful clothes and pretty jewellery including anklets which make an amusing sound when they move. Also fascinating patterns are drawn on the skin of the animal which makes it all very attention grabbing. Few appealing events take place at the time of the festival like polo match between elephants, tug of war wherein the strongest elephant stands against many humans, a rally takes place where mahouts grab their respective elephants while the crowd cheers up for them and there is a lot more to all of it when you yourself get to watch it.
This is the festival of kites. It is a vastly propitious Hindu festival celebrated wildly in the Pink City in the mid of the month of January (usually January 14). This day basically marks the arrival of the spring season in India. During the time of this festival, very famous Indian dishes like Pheeni, til-paati, gajak, kheer, ghevar, pakodi, puwa and til ladoo are made and the tradition of Kite Flying starts way before the actual arrival of the festival and is continued for days after that.
On this auspicious day of Teej, Hindu women dress up and pray for the long life of their husbands to the goddess Parvati also known as Teej Mata. The women of the family keep fasts, put mehendi and alta and wear precious jewellery which showcase the richness in the quality of their married life. This festival is celebrated in the month of August. Also, It is said the women who keep the fast should always keep an oil lamp lit all night and it is considered as a bad omen, if the oil lamp is blown away.
A complete royal kind of rally pass away to the whole market from city palace to tripolia gate and people celebrate and join this crowd by dacing and singing with the stechu of Godess Teej.
This beautiful and the most important festival arrives around in the autumn season in India. This festival of lights symbolises the victory of light over darkness and how everytime hope takes over despair, knowledge over ignorance, basically good over evil. At the time of this festivals, people start renovating and cleaning their homes so as to invite the gods and goddesses to a cleaner space. People light up their homes and children play with fireworks after the puja (prayer) has been recited so as to invite all the gods. From childhood itself this festival becomes an integral part of an Indian’s life and it is one festival each Indian eagerly awaits for.
The markets of the Jaipur special Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehar Bazar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Gate are get decorated on the particular theme and there is a comptition also for the best theme decoration among these market.
This festival is very much like the festival of Teej but is celebrated somewhere in between the months of March and April. The ladies of the family put mehendi and the married amongst them pray for the long life of their husbands and the unmarried ones pray to get an understanding husband in their future.
This festival is just similar the Teej function but only this is different is that this festival comes in the month of april.
Beside of these festival Jaipur is also famouse for it’s Ganesh Chathurthi, Ram Nawami and Eid. Which are celebrated on a grand level of joy, happiness.