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Kartik Poornima of the Hindu calendar is the day on which, according to legend, the Hindu God Brahma rose from Pushkar Lake. Many people now swim in this lake, however this event known for another reason – the Pushkar Camel Fair. Determined by the moons, this festival occurs sometime in November or December.
Pushkar Camel Festival is an annual 5-day camel and livestock fair held in Pushkar. Thousands of people, tourists and locals alike, gather around the banks of the lake to witness the trade of more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle. Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Rajasthan’s largest festival draws in over 400,000 over a period of 14 days. Most of the trading is completed in the week before Kartik Poornima with 5 days after dedicated towards festivities.
There’s so much to see at Pushkar Camel Fair other than trading, most of which take place at the Mela (Indian word for fair) ground. This includes camel dancing, traditional rural sports, moustache and turban competitions, Ferris wheel and cricket matches – Indians versus visitors. Women create beautiful, colorful traditional wall paintings in mandana competitions, or sell and shop all the stalls full of textiles, clothes, jewelry and fabrics. Spiritual evens are also included into this religious festival, such as Deep Dan, where candles are floated onto the lake.
This year Pushkar Camel Festival runs from the 26th October to the 6th November, which also happen to be the dates of Colouricious textile trip to Rajasthan, India. The fair will feature at the end of the trip, allowing 2 evenings and a day to explore the colour and witness the spectacle of one of the last great traditional melas. We will also be discovering the wonders of Old and New Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.
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