|Fairs & Festivals:
The fairs and festivals reflect the multifacets of the rich Rajasthani
culture. The major Hindu festivals celebrated are Holi Dussehra, Ram
Navmi, Diwali, Gangaur, Teej and Basant Panchami. The main Muslim
festivals are Muharram and the two Eids.
Jaisalmer comes to life during the festival. Tourists from
all over the world are drawn towards the golden city to enjoy this
colourful spectacle of music and festivity. The Desert City rejoices
alongwith the rhythmic dances - Ghoomar, Gangaur, Gair, Dhap, Moria,
Chari and Terahtal. The fire dancers are the special highlights of the
The traditional musical instruments of the desert like Kamayacha,
Sarangi, Algoza, Sitara, Minla, Matka, Jal tarang, Nad, Khartal etc. are
played and folk songs of the desert are sung by Langas and Manganiyars
of the desert region.
The festival coincides with the full moon in February when the
cherished moments of glorious past and rich culture are displayed, the
various interesting contests are fought like the turban tying and Mr.
Desert contest, the camel races, acrobatics, dances and camel polo
become great crowd pullers.
The live display of the skills of local craftsmen is spell bindingand
bargains are on the spot. The grand finale is a trip to Sam sand dunes
where one can enjoy the music and dance performances on the dunes, not
to forget great camel safari on the dunes.
Festival Dates: February 17-19, 2000.
Gangaur Festival (March-April)
The festival of maidens and married women dedicated to Gauri, the
incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The festival is celebrated with pomp and
gaiety, women dress in their best costumes and images of Gauri
beautifully decorated and bejewelled, the town band is played and women
sing and dance to its tunes. The erstwhile Maharawal also join the
Holi The festival of colours, is celebrated
traditionally. People play with colours and enjoy.