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Jaipur Culture

Though Jaipur basks in the glory of its antiquity, to a globe trotter, it would appear to be a right mix of historical buildings and swanky malls, luxurious hotels and dandy looking souvenir shops. In other words, Jaipur provides its tourists with all modern amenities while withholding the aura of an old world charm.
Food : The cuisine of Jaipur like its heritage is rich and wholesome. Being of a strictly vegetarian order, Ghee and butter are profusely added in the dishes thus enhancing their taste. Some of the exclusive Rajasthani dishes include Dal-Bati Churma, Dahi Vada, Mawa Kachori, Besan Ka Gatta, Ker Sangri, Pyaaz Ki Kachauri, Chakke Ki Sabji and Jodhpur Ki Rabri.
Music and Dance:Jaipur is also representative of the traditional folk dance and music that adds color to the barren lands of Rajasthan. ‘Ghoomar’ is the most famous form of folk dance in Jaipur, where women flaunt their elaborate Ghagras(skirts) of colorful hues and heavily ornamented with gold and silver Zari work. As per music is concerned Jaipur still preserves the Rajput style of singing that is accompanied with instruments like Morchang, Naad, Tanpura and Sarangi.

Festivals in Jaipur

Some of the important Fairs and festivals that are observed in Jaipur with pomp and piety are as follows:
Makar Sankranti : Held on the 14th of January every year, the devotees come thronging every year to take a dip in the holy waters of the kunds of Galtaji. The evening is spent by flying kites in the sky. There are kite flying competitions and by the end of the day, the horizon becomes decked with colorful kites
Elephant Festival: This festival is held on the occasion of Holi that usually takes place during March or April, at the Chaugan Stadium, City Palace Complex
Kite Festival:Though Jaipur is a land of celebrations, no other occasion adorns the cityscape with so many various colors as the Kite Festival. Held every year on the 14th of January, or the day of Makar Sankranti, the Kite Festival finds the inmates of the city flying kites in groups to make the most out of the festival. With each cut loose of a kite, people fill the environment shouting, "Woh Kata".
People shout from their terrace as adversary's kite is cut down. Everyone is an adversary in this game and each kite is a competitor for the other. Engrossed in Kite flying, people enjoy loud music and food on the terrace itself. In Jaipur, the sky looks like a huge collage with all kites of all shapes and designs in it.
The Kite Festival holds particular importance to the tourists, as now it is even possible for them to participate in this grand festivity. There are several masters of this trade who participate in kite-flying competitions. Their kite often depict a social message and even caricatures of the politicias. In every five years, the Desert Kite Festival is organized by the Government of Rajasthan.
Gangaur : Gangaur is one of the largest and most participated events in Jaipur. Held in between March and April, in Gangaur Lord Shiva is worshipped in this occasion by women and the idols of him and his consort Parvati are taken out in Palkis (carriage) made of gold and silver along with traditional colorful procession of animals, animal driven carts, chariots, band of musicians, athletes and wrestlers. The procession begins from Zanana Deorhi of City Palace and passes through Tripolia Bazar, Chaugan and finally converges at Talkatora Lake, where the idols of the deities are immersed in the water of the Lake.
Teej: This festival observes nine days and nights of worship of Goddess ‘Shakti’ and revelry. During this period people play Garba/ Dandiya i.e. dancing with two sticks in hand to the tunes played by live bandsright into the early hours of the morning.
Diwali: Held in the month of July or August, Teej marks the advent of the rainy season and the union of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. While the married women pray for the long life and well being of their husbands, young girls aspire for a good life partner during this time. Like Gangaur, Teej also observes a similar colorful procession that is taken out from the City Palace.