Festivals

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Pushkar Fair (October- November)- A colourful and lively fair, it is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country, held every year at Pushkar on Kartik Poornima (Full Moon, Oct-Nov). The 12 day affair has a religious significance too. Hundreds of horses, camels and buffaloes are brought here to be sold. Vendors sell handlooms, snacks sweetmeats, ice crushes, Bangles, Camel Saddles etc. The list is endless. The entire town comes to life with men wearing colourful turbans and women clad in gorgeous odhnis. The Camel races, Parades and other eventsare full of fun and gaiety. With the setting of the Sun, the atmosphere resounds with bells ringing and worship is called ‘Deepdaan’ and the entire lake is illuminated with floating lights . The view is mesmerizing not just at the lake, market but also at the sandunes of thar & camel safari. Future dates for the Pushkar Fair: 19-25Nov. 2015, 8-14Nov. 2016,  28 Oct. to 4 Nov. 2017, 15-23 Nov. 2018.

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Urs Fair-  The largest Muslim fair in India, the annual Urs of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held at the dargah of the saint in Ajmer, Rajasthan. The Urs (the death anniversary of the saint) is an occasion for a massive pilgrimage, with thousands of devotees flocking to the dargah. The Urs celebrations continue for six days, commencing with the hoisting of a white flag on the tomb by the Sajdanashin (successor-representative) of the Chishtia order. Over the days which follow, the tomb is ritually anointed with rosewater and sandalwood paste; qawwalis are sung and poetry recited in praise of the Almighty, prayers are said, quwwallis and other several programs all night to create brotherhood and happiness amongst people of different backgrounds and devotees offer nazranas or votive offerings. Outside the dargah precincts, two massive cauldrons cook sweet rice garnished with dry fruits and condiments to be served as 'tabarukh' or sanctified food.

At the time of the Urs, a busy bazaar springs up at the foot of the dargah. Flowers, embroidered prayer rugs, prayer caps and decorative chadars are among the many things to be found in the bazaar, apart from the usual souvenirs which make their way to fairs such as this.

They also sing quwwallis and other several programs all night to create brotherhood and happiness amongst people of different backgrounds. The tomb over the desired days is customary sprinkled on with sandalwood paste and rosewater, poetry recitation in his appreciation, and aficionados also not forget to offer nazranas in order to earn his undying benevolence. Further, in the exteriors of the dargah surrounds, you may also come across two giant cauldrons cook sweet rice seasoned with condiments and dry fruits to be dished out as sanctified food or 'tabarukh' Last of all, during Urs, the special purchase of flowers, ornamented chadars, embroidered prayer rugs, prayer capsare, etc. can be bought from the market that spring up at the foot of the dargah and uniquely assures the revel of celebrating it.