Especially associated with the royal ladies of Jaipur, who passed it on to the Rajput royalty, Ghoomar, is derived from the word Ghoomna (pironette) is a very simple dance where the ladies dressed in resplendent ‘Ghaghra’ move smoothly and gracefully in circles. Both men and women sing the accompanying songs, while the dancers move, both clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Fascinating dance performed by the women of a specific community, whose age-old occupation being, catching snakes and trading snake venom.
The costumes are traditional black swirling skirts, which sway sinuously to the accompaniment of Pungi, Dafli, Been and bear resemblance to that of the serpents.
The vigorous and zestful display of their perfect movements to the enchanting tune of musical instruments is a treat to the eyes.
The festival is the celebration of monsoon harvest and marital fidelity in Jaipur.
‘Gan’ is a synonym for Lord Shiva and Gaur/Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love, which symbolises Saubhagya (Marital Bliss).
The festival commences on the first day of Chaitra, the day following Holi (Festival) and continues for 18 days. Images of Isar and Gauri are made of clay, in some families, permanent wooden images are painted afresh by painters called ‘Matherans’.
The festival reaches its climax when on the last day at an auspicious hour, a procession is taken out to a garden tank or a well, with images placed on the heads of married women.
It is a festival of swings marking the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan i.e. August. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati commemorating her union with Lord Shiva.
An elaborate procession is taken out in Jaipur for two consecutive days with the idol of Teej covered with a canopy.
Camel Fair :
You’ll experience the Romance, called Rajasthan, during one of India’s best known festivals – The Pushkar Camel Fair.
The usually dull ambience of the desert comes to life where elaborately decorated camels are paraded, raced, bought and sold. Vendors sell everything from beads, bangles and brass utensils to embroidered clothes, shoes and skillfully woven blankets.