Fairs & Festivals in GujaratEdit This
April 19, 2005 change by giorgio
The most characteristic dances of Gujarat during Navratri are the Ras and Garba dances which are performed at all levels of society by men and women.
The origin of the Ras is traced back to the legends connected with the life of Lord Krishna. It is essentially associated with the agricultural rites. The Ras is performed in Gujarat India on Navaratra; and other important festivals associated with harvest and crops. The Ras dances of Saurashtra are closely related to agricultural functions and are for the best part grain-ritual dances.
They are performed only by men and more..
The festival Janmashtami is celebrated every year on a very large scale in the city Dwarka. This ‘City of Gold’ is one of the abodes of Lord Krishna and the festival belongs to him as well. It is believed that Lord Krishna settled here 5000 years ago after fleeing from Mathura. Janmashtami, which is a very enjoyable and loveable festival, is not only celebrated in Dwarka, but also in the other districts of Gujarat, in Maharashtra, as well as in other parts of the rest of India.
The story behind the breaking of ‘Dahi Handi’ is known to everyone. A group of more more..
The International Kite Festival, which coincides with the Festival of Uttarayan, is held at Ahmedabad in January and lasts for three days. The Kite Festivals take place in the rest of Gujarat and India too. Ahmedabad, however, is especially selected for the International Kite Festival.
It is enjoyed by young and old and it makes the people go mad -literally. They have to close their businesses for at least three to four days after the last day of the festival. You will find all sorts of people, who dwell in Gujarat, enjoying the spectacle from the ‘agasis’, i.e. more..
The Sun Temple at Modhera, which is 102 km away from Ahmedabad, is one of a kind. The Dance Festival takes place after the Festival of Uttarayan and is scheduled for the third week of January. The expected dates are the 19th, 20th and 21st of January 2001 and the 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2002.
The Kutch Mahotsava is usually organised during the end of February and the beginning of March. The TCGL, i.e. the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd., organises the tour of Kutch which lasts six days. The tour covers places such as the Kutch Museum, Mata no Madh, Lakhpat, Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar. The expected dates are on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February 2001 and on the 10th, 11th and 12th of March 2002.
The Bhavnath Mahadev Fair is held at the city of Junagadh, which is situated at the foot of Hill Girnar. This five days’ fair is organised at the end of February, beginning of March, and is held during the month of Mahashivratri. When the ‘Puja’, i.e. the offering or prayers, start in the Bhavnath Temple, the ‘Naga Bavas’, who are living in and around the city, move towards the fair. They, accompanied by their followers, ride on elephants, blow shells, sound tungis and hold flags. It is believed that Lord Siva himself visits the shrine on one of the days during more..
Adjoining the border of Maharashtra and located in the Saputara Hills, lies one of the most beautiful and delightful areas of Gujarat, better known as ‘the Dangs’. With its cool and pleasant climate and surrounded by thick and dense forests of ‘Sahyadris’, it is the hometown of the tribal Adivasi people.
The fair, which is called Dangs Darbar, is held at a place known as Ahwa, situated 2000 feet above sea level. It takes place every year, a few days before ‘Holi’. It attracts many tribal people, both from within the town as well as from the surrounding hills. more..
This fair is held in the village Gunbhakhari in the Sabarkantha District, nearby the border of Rajasthan. The Chitra-Vichitra fair is held once every year and an exciting fair not to be missed. The name of this fair is taken from Chitravirya and Vichitravirya, the two sons of king Shantanu, who are believed to have lived in the village where they were cured from their diseases.
The fair attracts a maximum number of Adivasis and people from the communities of Bhills and Garasias. The Adivasis are dressed colourfully and the women appear, from head to toe, in traditional more..