India exhibits one of the most interesting socio-religious heritages of the world.  Its diversity in terms of religion, rituals, beliefs and region has emanated a long list of festivals and celebrations. All Indian festivals are unique in nature and have their own special significance and way of celebration.

Unity In Diversity On Indian Festivals :

Although the country is known for having extensively long range festivals, it is a verity that each festival has its own meaning, consequence and reason to be celebrated. However, the most interesting point to jot down here is the act that though the country is divided into various religions, the festivals have not lost their importance in any term.

In fact, during all Indian festivals, people of all regions come together and celebrate it unitedly. Naturally this puts down one of the biggest examples of secularism.

People believe that it is the time during the Indian festivals, when one gets to see the best results of Unity in diversity. Where Hindus come together to meet their Muslims brothers and sisters, Muslim populace also shows no stone unturned in showing rue spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood during the festivities of Holi, Diwali and other Hindu Festivals. Even Christian, Sikhs and Jains come together like one big family.

Indian Festivals are celebrated to re-live the golden moments :

Festivals are basically celebrated to re-live the spirit of good actions or occasions.  Like most countries, in India also, most festivals are fêted to reminisce the great deeds performed by God.

In fact a very good example of such great deed celebration is Diwali. Diwali is the occasion of Lord Ram homecoming after slaughtering Rawan, the demon. Among all Indian festivals, Holi and Diwali are major ones and are celebrated with great pomp, feasts, excitement and vibrancy. Some of the other most celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed Festivals are Dussehra, Navratri, Id, Lohri, Basant, Janmashtami, and Shivratri.

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Rajasthan is a land of rich culture and traditions. It is a state of vibrancy, life and exotic locales. The royal glory is still visible in this colorful state of India. There is a vast backdrop of sand and desert in the state that attract many tourists from across the world

 Festivals and Fairs of Rajasthan:

The state of Rajasthan is known as the Desert Jewel. There is a lot of liveliness and gaiety during the times when there are fairs and festivals in this state. The people of Rajasthan celebrate each occasion, whether it’s a change of season or harvest time, there is a reflection of genuine happiness in the music that is played. There is an element of genius in all their works of art and crafts and they have rich ascetic refinement.

Though the fairs and festivals are organized all round the year in Rajasthan, there are some important occasions that are worth mentioning here.  Pushkar Fair is organized every year in the month of November. Pushkar is an important pilgrimage of Rajasthan and it is also known for the largest cattle fair. There are bazaars, auctions, music, and various sports activities that mark this fair.

The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan. It is held in the months of January and February and it marks the journey into the heart of golden Jaisalmer. There are folk performers, ballad singers, snake charmers, puppeteers and many other exciting traditional skills on display during this festival. The festival comes to an end with a show of light and sound on a moonlit night.

Gangaur festival is held in the months of March and April. This is a 18 day festival where young girls pray to Goddess Parvati for a groom of their choice and the married ladies pray for the well-being of their husbands.

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