Chitra Vichitra Fair
On the new moon night after Holi, women of nearby villages gather on the banks of the river to mourn their dead. The eerie mourning lasts till daybreak. As the sun slowly ascends its authority, the mourning of the dead turns into a frantic celebration of the living. Men wear a traditional blue shirt, red dhoti and saffron turban, while women put on elaborate silver jewellery and colourful ghagras.
The drums, flutes and other musical instruments come to the fore as numerous feet make the earth tremble. It is believed that the dead possess the dancers. Belief or no belief, you can definitely feel that the dancers are in their element. The fair is also a good place to buy tribal handicrafts, jewellery and taste some local delicacies.
Kavant Fair takes place a fortnight after Holi. This year it will take place on April 11.
What else you can do
– Visit Mt. Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station
– Visit Udaipur, the tranquil City of Lakes
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