Gangaur Festival – Rituals, Importance and Celebrations

To celebrate its rich cultural heritage, Rajasthan hosts a number of festivals, fairs and events all year-round. These festivals are a big hit among tourists and locals alike. Among the most famous festivals is the Gangaur Festival, celebrated in the month of March every year.

Dates: 21st March to 8th April
Location: Jaipur

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About the Festival

The Gangaur Festival is celebrated in the honour of Goddess Parvati or Gauri. Both married and unmarried women take part in this festival with a lot of enthusiasm. Preparations for the festival include applying henna and singing songs.

Women go from door to door carrying earthen pots illuminated with ghudlias/lamps. These are used to collect cash, sweets, oil, ghee and jaggery. On the last day of the event, these pots are broken and are washed away in a tank or river.

The faith and religious beliefs of the local people add to the cheerfulness of the event. Town bands and horses in the procession further add colour and fervour to the festivities.

If you are planning to visit Jaipur during this time, don’t forget to witness this beautiful festival.