The Mewar Festival is an important event held every year in the Udaipur city of Rajasthan that has both cultural and religious significance. It is generally celebrated in the month of March or April and coincides with the Gangaur festival. Not just the locals, but tourists from all across the country come to be a part of the famous Mewar festival. Many cultural events from the local artists and religious events are organized during the occasion of Mewar festival. Check out complete details about Mewar Festival 2023 such as its significance, how it is celebrated, what are the famous rituals and traditions, etc from this article.
Mewar Festival 2023 Date
Mewar festival is normally observed in the month of March or April. The festival coincides with, or say forms a part of the Gangaur celebrations. The date for the Mewar festival 2023 is 22nd March-24th March.
Significance of Mewar Festival
The Mewar Festival is celebrated with great joy and fervor not just by the locals from adjoining villages and towns but also tourists from other countries. This provides them an opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of Udaipur. Other than this, the festival also marks the beginning of spring season which makes the celebrations even more colorful.
Other than this, the Mewar festival is religiously pretty significant for the women of Rajasthan. During the festival, women offer prayers to Gauri and Isar and seek their blessings for a happy married life.
Mewar Festival Rituals
The Mewar festival has many rituals and traditions associated with it. These rituals originated around 75 years ago in the Royal House of Mewar and have passed on unbroken for the past seven and a half decades.
All the original traditions and rituals of the festival are carried out in a similar manner only with greater excitement. These unbroken traditions make the festival even more exciting as it provides one a glimpse of old rituals and tradition of the Rajputana.
Mewar Festival Celebrations
Mewar festival is celebrated by locals as well as tourists with great excitement, when the whole city looks immersed in the vibrant colors, bright lights and decoration. With the date of festival coming nearer and nearer, the preparation for the same becomes rigorous and the by the time the festival arrives, the complete look of the city changes.
Tourists and artists from different corners of the state, country and world start appearing in the city of Udaipur. The Mewar festival is celebrated both religiously and culturally and thus experiences a variety of festivities and rituals. Let us check out the both aspects of Mewar festival celebration one by one.
The Mewar festival coincides with Gangaur festival which holds a special significance for women of Rajasthan. Gangaur festival begins from the next day of Holi and goes on for 18 days. Women observe fasting on all 18 days of the Gangaur festival and pray to Shiva and Parvati. Married women observe the fasting to seek blessings for a long and happy married life whereas unmarried women observe the fast to get life partner of their choice.
On the day of festival, women get dressed in beautiful new traditional clothes and take part in the holy procession of idols of Isar (Lord Shiva) and his consort Gangaur (Goddess Parvarti). The procession that begins from the clock tower and ends at Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichola is joined by a number of women singing and dancing in the praise of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
After reaching the lake, the idols or statues are transferred onto boats. the boats the carry the idols sail gently in the lake and this marks the departure of Gauri to Shiva’s (her husband) house.
The religious part of the festival is complemented with the cultural celebrations. Famous dance presentations such as Ghoomar and Kalbeliya, traditional songs, firework, etc are carried out by the artists who come from different parts of the city and state.
These festivities and cultural activities attracts tourists from all over the country are a significant part of the Mewar festival that are not to be missed.
22nd March-24th March
The festival has both religious and cultural importance.