Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, is held in the town of Pushkar in November at the time of Kartik Purnima. This traditional carnival brings thousands of camels, cattle, and horses together. This is a seven-day colorful, unique exhibition that attracts a large num]ber of tourists from all over the world. Apart from trading the livestock, the main attractions of the fiesta are camel and horse races, cultural performances, exhibitions, magic shows, the longest mustache competition, bridal competition, and much more. Besides, this fair is renowned for being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs.
When is the Pushkar Fair Celebrated?
The Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, India, is celebrated at the beginning of the Hindu month of Kartik and this year, it’s from November 1 to 9. The fair lasts for five to eight days and is concluded on the day of the full moon in Kartik, called Kartik Poornima.
Pushkar Fair 2022 Dates
In 2022, Pushkar Fair will be celebrated from 11th November 2022 to 19th November 2022.
Pushkar Camel Fair Highlights
Pushkar Camel Festival is one of the world’s largest camels trade fair. More than 30,000 camels are traded during Pushkar Camel fair every year.
Apart from cattle and camel trading, the Pushkar Camel Fair in parallel holds a festival of folk music and dances, Ferris wheels, magic shows, cultural events and competitions. Such as Tug of War– games for women teams and men teams, Longest Moustache – a competition for Moustache Lovers, Matka Phod, Bridal competition, Rajasthani Group Dance, Camel Race, Camel Decoration (Gorband), Camel Dance Competition, Wrestling Competition, Matka Race for women.
There are many Indian sports competitions (e.g. Kabadi) where locals play against visitors (mainly tourists). Tourists also can take part in other competitions like Turban Tying and tilak Competition. There is also Indian Bride & Groom Competition (for Foreigners) organized by Rajasthan Tourism. The environment of Pushkar becomes colorful and vibrant during the fair as many tourist visits to experience the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
Pushkar Camel Fair Religious Aspects
Pushkar is the home to the only Brahma Temple in the world. It is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimages where people come for salvation.
Acc. to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma one of the god in the Hindu Trinity (other are Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva) who is believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus flower here and thus named it “Pushkar” which means “Blue Lotus flower”.
On the Eve of Holy Kartik Purnima, hundred’s of pilgrims around the world come to take a dip in Pushkar Lake to remove their sins.
PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR HISTORY
The month of Kartik is a holy month in the Hindu calendar. A festival to celebrate the events of Kartik was held in Pushkar every year, called the Kartik Purnima festival. The Pushkar Camel fair was set up as a way to attract the tradesmen and cattle herders who attended the festival.
The primary focus of the Pushkar Camel Fair was camel trading, and this expanded to horses and cattle — all the animals of commercial and domestic importance to the desert people of Pushkar, a town in the state of Rajasthan in India.
Although the original intention of the fair was to attract tradesmen and bring them all together for commercial activities, the fair has now become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan. Understanding the value of the fair, the state government has invested a lot of money in its development, and today it is more than just a space where cattle tradesmen can purchase and sell cattle.
The modern Pushkar Camel Fair is a spectacle that represents the culture of the town of Pushkar, the tribal people of the desert, and the state of Rajasthan. The commercial fair has been transformed into a multi-day carnival that also includes the festival of Kartik Purnima.