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Festivals hold an unusual lure for the whole Rajasthanis, and they find any number of reasons to celebrate. While some of these are traditional festivals, there are also a large number that have been recently introduced by the tourism department to showcase the heritage of a region. Chances are, when travelling in the state, you will come across any number of local fairs and festivities in which you can participate. major and common festivals which are celebrated across the whole region are Holi, Diwali and Dussehra.
Rajasthan, bharatpur is part of that, infact a land of festivals and numerous fairs spread across the whole year. People live in festive mood stuggling with their routine hardship of the life.
Severel of fairs and festivals are related to their religious background. One of the most popular local fair ,called "Numaish"is held in the city near the time of "dashahra" A local festival.
All sections of the society participate in "Numaish"(Exhibition). Sellers from quite far placed come and exhibit their products to local people.

Brij Festival
Festival Date : Feb 2 - Feb 4,
Main Attraction : Raslila Dance.
One of the most important festivals of Bharatpur is the Braj Festival which takes place in Bharatpur every year before Holi. The festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna who had spent his childhood in the Braj region. The festival displays the Indian culture and rich mythology of the Indian society. Also famous by the name of Braj Mahotsava, the festival lasts for three days in the Shukl Paksh in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar.
Rasleela is organised on the occasion of this festival. Folk songs are sung by the local singers and the whole town is decorated with colours.
The Braj festival is also organised to attract the tourists from different parts and regions.
Teej is another important festival of Rajasthan. It is similar to Gangaur wherein the women worship Goddess Parvati and pray for the well-being of their husbands.
Ladies wear new clothes and adorn themselves with jewellery. They gather at a common place and pray to the goddess. Females swing to welcome ‘Saawan’.
‘Ghevar’ and ‘Pheeni’ are the sweets of the occasion.
Time : July - August
The nine days preceding Dussehra are marked by fasting, and one ritual meal a day. In the case of the martial Rajputs, a goat is sacrificed as food for consecration, and the worship of their weapons is obligatory. Usually in September-October, it is a private celebration with no public fanfare.
Time: Sept - Oct
Gangaur is one of the oldest and the most important festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated in all the districts of the State with equal excitement. Gangaur literally means the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival is all about worshipping Goddess Parvati. Married women pray to the goddess for the prosperity of their husbands and family while the unmarried women pray to get a good husband in future.
Gangaur festival is celebrated in the Chaitra Month (March) every year. According to the Hindu calendar, this month starts the New Year for Hindus. This month also marks the end of winter season and the beginning of summers.

Gangaur is an eighteen-day festival and is celebrated with full zeal and excitement.
Time: March-April
Sitla Mata Fair
A large fair is held to propitiate the goddess of war whose wrath can be the terrible scrouge of smallpox unless appeased by her followers. Consecrated food on this day consists of stale food left out the previous night. The fair is held in and around the temple dedicated to the goddess in Amber, Jaipur.
Jaswant Exhibition
Jaswant exhibition is held in the months of September-October during Dussehra celebrations every year.

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