Category Archives: Fairs and Festivals

Annual Youth Festival of Thomso, IIT Roorkee to happen in Jaipur

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The annual Youth Festival of Thomso, IIT Roorkee, for the very first time would be in #Jaipur with Thomso Zonals. Playing host to the most talented scholars and academicians from all over the country -Magical Fantasia, the theme of this year’s edition is set to welcome students from more than 600 colleges across the country comprising several IITs and NITs.

Hey, Jaipurites grab the chance to get into the finals of this highly competitive and diverse events of Thomso’17 which is scheduled on 27th August 2017 at the JECRC University, Rajasthan.

Register yourself at www.thomso.in/zonals/jaipurlatest by 26th August 2017.

Rajasthan witnesses the festivities of Saawan Teej

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Rajasthan is always bathed in the colours of fairs and festivals all round the year! Festival of every religion is celebrated here with true passion and similar beauty, be it welcoming or bidding farewell to a season, praying for the healthy life of spouse or any other small or big occasion for that matter. Each festival holds a significant importance in the lives of people in Rajasthan.

 

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One would not just feel the lively spirit of Rajasthan’s people around the festivals, but could also witness the rich culture of Rajasthan. And one such festival is Teej, which is falling today, 26th July this year 🙂 As per mythology, Teej was the day when Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a long separation. It is believed that whoever worships Parvati on this day is fortunate enough to get their desired life partner by her blessings. Sinjhara is celebrated one day prior to Teej when the swings are decked with flowers and hung from trees, women dressed in leheriya and decked with beautiful jewellery make merry and sing songs! Teej symbolizes celebration of growth when women observe fasts for the long life of their husbands and men pray for good rain and crop.

The Jaipur City of Rajasthan celebrates Teej with great pomp and fair. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their love and covertures. She then adorns herself with henna, jewels, wear lahariya sari and take delight in the celebrations of this auspicious festival of Teej.

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On City level, a decorated procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year  once again ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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So if you also wish to join in the festivities of Saawan ki Teej in this beautiful weather, then visit Jaipur as the celebration will continue till 27th evening here!

7 things that make Saawan beautiful in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is a land of many festivals. We enjoy our festivals with great pomp and fervor. As the state is all about colors, there is no wonder that it becomes even more vivid during festivals. Rajasthanis have a special place for Saawan in their hearts as the whole month is full of festivities. Saawan can be touted as the longest festival as every day is a celebration in this month. Besides sprinkles of rain, here are more reasons why we Rajasthanis love the season of Saawan-

1.Lehariya

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Saawan is the time when the lovely ladies of Rajasthan can show their love for lehariya every single day. Women adore this traditional print but cannot wear it all the time as no one wants to commit the fashion faux pas of repetition. Saawan is the perfect excuse to flaunt vibrant Lehariya prints every day.

 

2.Jhoola

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This month brings back Jhoola on trees. All of us love to swing high on the jhoolas and our inner child becomes really happy in Saawan. Swinging on decorated Jhoolas with friends makes this rainy month special.

 

3.Mehendi and Bangles

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The custom of henna comes back in Saawan. Hands adorned with fragrant orange colors look just beautiful. Every lady loves the jingling sound of bangles but hardly anyone wears them in today’s times. In Saawan, women get to indulge in their love for colorful bangles without having to worry about dress codes.

4.Picnics

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The weather turns cooler and there is greenery everywhere. This makes for the perfect setup for picnics with family and friends. So many well maintained, lush gardens in Rajasthan make picnics marvelous.

 

5.Ghewar

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Ghewar is a delicacy that makes Rajasthanis wait one whole year before they can gorge on it again. We love to gorge on the decadent flavors of this sweet every day in Saawan month.

 

6.Saawan Ke Geet

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Dancing on the tunes of Saawan Aayo Re is always fun in this rainy month. Songs related to Hindola (swings), teej, Sawan Ke Jhoole Pade flow in the air of the state throughout Saawan. Ladies sing these folk songs while enjoying rides on a swing.

 

7.Teej

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Teej brings all elements of Saawan together. The festival which pays tribute to Nature is all about women enjoying themselves. They dress up in lehariya, apply henna, bedeck themselves with jewellery and sing while swinging on beautiful jhoolas. Then there is teej procession which splashes cities with many more colors. The dances and other folk performances in teej procession lure not just Rajasthanis but people from every corner of the world.

What’s not to love about Saawan!

Mesmerizing Closing Ceremony of Rajasthan Festival at Janpath Jaipur

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A four-day long celebration of Rajasthan’s glory was marked in Jaipur to commemorate 68th year of Rajasthan’s foundation. The celebrations kicked off with an aim to highlight Rajasthan’s art, culture, tradition and heritage to attract tourism into the state.

The grand Rajasthan Festival’s Closing Ceremony was a fitting finale to the past three days of cultural extravaganza witnessed on 30th March at Janpath in Jaipur.

Enjoy the view of the cultural and projection mappingtoday at Janpath at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival’ in Jaipur.

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The mega event showcased the true essence of Rajasthan – its brave hearts, mighty warriors, rich wildlife, colorful festivals and vibrant culture – while portraying the State’s future readiness. The event saw an integration of technological elements like projection mapping on the striking facade of the Vidhan Sabha; water projection and finally a laser integrated music performance.

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(From left to right) The Chief Guest the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje today at Janpath in Jaipur at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival . Also seen are:  the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh (extreme right) and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were also the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh and the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’ and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show at Janpath.

 

NAVRAS 2017: Experience Music, Dance and Theatre in JKK Jaipur

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The Pink City of Jaipur and its theatre and art connoisseurs are soon going to have a delightful dose of performing art, dance and music! A super hit theatre fest in 2016, NAVRAS comes back to Jaipur with even more enthralling performances  rife with social messages through entertainment.  Jawahar Kala Kendra is presenting the second edition of its Performing Arts Festival, Navras 2017 !
The dates of the festival are out- it’s 18th to 26th March 🙂 

Check out the program for Navras 2017! Bookings will open on 15th March. Tickets will be available at JKK reception.

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Various popular artists like Shubha Mudgal, Zila Khan (Vocals), Rajendra Panchal (Theatre), Aditi Mangaldas (Dance) and more are participating in the festival.

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Get ready to have an amazing, enlightening and entertaining dose of performing arts during Navras 2017 in Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur!

Images via: Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Smashing colors, melodious folk songs and dancing on drumbeats- Rajasthan’s Holi is unique

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The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (12th and 13th March 2017). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.

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The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.

DAY 1 Sunday (12th March 2017):

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.

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DAY 2  Monday (13th March 2017):

The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhaang and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.

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The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world.  The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

Phagotsav at Govind Dev ji Temple Jaipur

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The Pink City witnesses a beautiful melange of colors, culture and celebration of love at the Govind Dev ji Temple during Phaagotsav!  An annual cultural festival with devotional songs, classical and traditional dance, drama and music dedicated to Lord Krishna is held every year at the popular temple of Govind Dev Ji in City Palace of Jaipur.

The Phagotsav at Govind Dev Ji Temple offers to see a marvelous extravaganza of dance and music with flower holi followed by Gulal holi.  The main attraction remains various cultural performances by artists disguised as Lord Krishna, Radha ji and numerous gopis. They dance and portray the bliss of holi with flower petals during the phaagotsav in the temple premises with thousands of devotees thronging the temple. The festival is culminated with Kalash Yatra.

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During the Phaagotsav, the temple celebrates love between Radha and Krishna! It is believed that Radha ji was always full of love and dedication towards Lord Krishna. She is seen as the divine energy “Maha Bhava” of Lord Krishna. The devotees at the temple visit the temple with a spirit that the supreme goal of oneself is to attain selfless love of Radha and Krishna to get liberated.

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The three days ‘Phagotsav’ has already begun from today at the Govind Devji Temple. Devotees are enjoying the devotional songs of Radha Krishna and by playing holi of flower petals. This has been a tradition that dates back to several hundred years to come and play Holi with one another with devotional fervor.