Festivals of West India

Western India is the entertainment hub of the country, and therefore any event, function or festival that is celebrated here is give major importance. One might just have a lifetime experience if he is visiting Western India during any festive time. Moreover, under such strong customs and traditions that belong to the region, you are going to witness true colors of India. The common Festivals throughout West India include Holi, Janmashthami, Bhai Dooj etc.
The most awaited festival in Goa, the Goa Carnival is an integral part of Portuguese legacy in the state. It is a three day festival which is highlighted by colors, dance and music. Goa turns into a paradise during February/March attracting the tourists all over the world.  Shigmotsav or Shigmo is celebrated in Goa with lots of fanfare and gusto. It is a festival of colors much like Holi that continues for five days.
Novidade is one of the prominent festivals of Goa and is celebrated with equal enthusiasm and jauntiness by both Hindus and Christians in Goa. The Novidade festival marks the beginning of the harvesting season, where the farmers of both religions offer their first rice crop to the church before proceeding with further harvesting.
Pop and Jazz Music Festival, Beach Bonanza, Igitun Chalne, Grape Festival are some of the other celebrations observed in Goa.
Ganesh Chathurthi is the biggest festival celebrated in Maharashtra. People buy idols of Ganesha and install in their houses and worship for one to ten days, after which the idols are taken ceremoniously through the streets of the town and immersed in well, river or sea. Elephanta Festival is held during the month of February at the Elephanta Island across Mumbai Harbor, near the popular Elephanta Caves. Highlighted by feast of music and dance under dark sky, the entire island transforms into a large auditorium. Over the past years it has become one of the major attraction for tourists.The Parsi New Year of Pateti is celebrated within the Parsi community of Mumbai, Maharashtra with much gaiety and fun.The coastal Maharashtra celebrates the Narali Purnima, worshipping the Sea God. Maharashtra being agriculture oriented state, Oxen carry immense importance in the lives of the farmers who earlier used to plough their lands with the help of these Bullocks. On the day of Pola, the farmer decorates his cattle, worships it and feeds them with goodies. It is a rest day for the Oxen and the cows and no farmer works on this day.Ellora Festival is a festival of dance and music held in the splendid surroundings of the world-heritage listed cave temple of Ellora, about 30 km from Aurangabad, Maharashtra This festival showcases the best talents and is a unique and charming way to experience the magnificent caves, imbibing centuries of history and culture. The festival is organised at Ellora caves in the month of March every year.Shivaji Jayanti, Thimithi, Kalidas Festival, Gudi Padwa are some of the important festivals celebrated here. 
Gujarat celebrates approximately 2000 festivals in year out of which most are regional based fairs and festivals dedicated to the deity. Festivals of Gujarat are extremely colorful and elaborate.

The most colorful and popular festival is Navratri celebrated throughout nine days in the month of October. People of all age groups assemble in temple compounds and sing and dance to the popular numbers in their traditional dance form of Garba raas and Dandiya till the wee hours in the morning. The festival ends with Dusshera.
The other popular festival is the 
Kite festival. It is an international kite festival held during the Makar Sankranti in January. People from all over the world come to participate in this internationally acclaimed festival for a display of their kites.
Dang Darbar coinciding with Holi in March is another big event in Gujarat. Held in the Ahwa region and Dang district it is a unique celebration of Holi by the tribes. The huge Janmashtami celebrations held in Dwarka, the abode of Krishna is a delightful sight.
Other festivals like Modhera Dance Festival, Saptak Music Festival,  Lili Parikrama Fair, Shamlaji Fair and Vautha Fair are unique in Gujarat. 
The people of Rajasthan celebrate several festivals with gusto and fervour. Animal fairs are part of the lives of people in Rajasthan. The Gangaur festival is very much similar to that of the one celebrated in Madhya Pradesh. In Rajasthan too it is celebrated around March when the ladies bring home the Gauri, wife of Shiva and worship her and then on last day immerse the idol.
The Mewar Festival takes place in the lake city of Udaipur during this time. An exhilarating welcome to spring, this festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music and firework displays.
Bundi Festival is one of the most attractive and beautiful festival held in the Hadoti district of Rajasthan held in the month of November every year. Bundi Utsav is a spectacular culmination of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship which surprises every visitor with its grandeur.
The Urs held every year in the scorching month of May, at the dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer commemorates his symbolic union with God.Teej is the festival of swings celebrated in August. Dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, it marks the advent of the monsoon. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. Pushkar Fair, Bikaner Camel festival, Sitabari Fair, Jaipur Literature Festival, Nagaur Fair are some of the vibrant and colorful fairs which attract thousands of visitors. 

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