Mewar Festival, Udaipur
Mewar Festival, Udaipur- Fine Glimpses into the Rich Cultural and Traditional Opulence
Location - Mewar, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Date - October 18- March 20, 2018
Highlights - Folk Music and Dance Shows, Cultural and Sports activities, Religious Gangaur Procession and fireworks display
Mewar region is located in the royal city of Udaipur in the Rajasthan state and once, a Rajput kingdom, it certainly has the remaining touches of the noble grandeur. The city beams with life at the time of the famous Mewar Festival, which, though, predominantly celebrated in the Udaipur city, leaves quite a buoyant mark on the entire state populace. The festivities began during the time of the Hindu month, Chaitra i.e. March- April and it is primarily a harbinger of the spring season in the region.
The festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and grandiosity to welcome the pleasant breeze of spring into the city life and co-incidentally it comes in unison with the much known festival of Gangaur. The local people as well as the thousands of tourists visiting the place have a gala time at the event, cheerfully astounded by the grand feast of the Rajasthani tradition and its rich cultural heritage. This three day long affair has an exclusive charisma about it and sets a sprightly aura with the numerous folk music, dance, cultural shows, devotional songs, processions, a dazzling display of fireworks and other fun filled sports and cultural activities.
As it is also the time for Gangaur, womenfolk of the city are particularly in the high celebratory mood for it is quite a special time for them. During the fest, women adorn themselves at leisure with bright colored traditional outfits and heavy ornaments and observe fasts on the day. They prepare the Idols of Lord Isar and Gangaur and decorate them beautifully, which are later carried by them in a ceremonial procession through the different parts of the city, culminating finally at the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. These idol duplicates are then transferred to a few special boats set aside for the purpose in middle of all the gaiety and merrymaking.
It certainly holds a very interesting appeal to all the foreign and international tourists, in particular, for they will get a nice treat with the fine glimpses of the country’s cultural and social values and the whole extravaganza. In all probability, tourists must make it a point to witness atleast one such festival of the state during their India expedition to get into the depth and have a real taste of the true Indian norms and rituals.