Alwar Festivals

There are a number of Alwar festivals that are celebrated by the people, which are an integral part of the socio-cultural life of the city. The festivals of Alwar are not only popular in the city but across the entire state of Rajasthan . The major festivals of Alwar are Alwar Festival, Sawan Teej, Mahavir Jayanti, Laldas Maila, Jagannathji Fair, Chuhar Sidh, Bhartrihari, Sahibji ka Maila and Bilali Fair.

The Alwar Festival is celebrated in February. The exact dates of celebration span from the 13th to the 15th of February every year. This festival is associated with a variety of handicrafts and folk music. It is an integral part of the cultural tradition of the place. The administrative body of Alwar organizes this festival. Some major attractions of the celebration are elephant polo, various types of children's activities like sketching and fancy dress competitions, exhibition of traditional Alwar handicrafts and a film show focusing on the cultural richness of the place.

The Sawan Teej is one of the popular festivals at Alwar. It celebrates the arrival of the rainy season in August. On this occasion, the people of the place pay homage to Goddess Parvati. They pray to her for a good conjugal life. The women of the city sing various songs to celebrate the arrival of monsoon. Beautifully decorated swings are hung from trees on this occasion.

The Mahavir Jayanti is one of the major Alwar festivals. This festival is held to pay homage to Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of the Jains. It is celebrated in the month of March or April.

Last Updated on 19 December 2011