Festivals in BanswaraThe district of Banswara is mostly inhabited by the tribals mainly Bhil Meenas, Bhils, Damor, Ninamas and Charpotas. The people here celebrate different festivals with great enthusiasm. Fairs and Festivals in this part of the country are celebrated with great fervor. The events here are extremely colourful and they promote feeling of brotherhood and unity. Some of the major festivals of Banswara are:
HoliHoli is a main festival celebrated by the tribal people of Banswara. The people wear traditional colourful dresses carrying sticks and swords and perform the "Gair dance". This dance is a typical tribal dance of Banswara.
Divasa (Haryali Amavasya)
Divasa is a festival celebrated on the last day of first fortnight of Shravanmas. On the day of the festival special baths are given to the bullocks and animal. The animals are prayed as they are God's different posture. Special feast are also arranged on the day of the festival.
AamligyarasAamligyaras is celebrated on the 11th day of the month of Phagun. During the festival girls and boys observe fast on this day. In the afternoon boys and girls go to the pond to take bathand bring small branches of tamarind trees. This festival is held at Bhim Kund, Ghodi Ranchod, Sangmeshwar etc.
Baneshwar FairBaneshwar Fair is one of the biggest tribal fairs. Generally the fair is held at the meeting point of Som, Mahi and Jhakham rivers, which are believed to be holy rivers of the region. Large number of tribal people from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to immerse the mortal remains of the dead. On Magh Purnima, normally during the month of February, they worship, dance and sing. The festival begins in Magh Shukla Gyaras and Magh Krishna Panchami.
Ghotia Amba FairGhotia Amba Fair is a traditional and colourful fair that takes place every year from Chaitra Thrayodashi to Chaitra Shukla Duje. During this festival, the Bhil tribe gathers to take a holy dip in the tank located near the temple with idols of Pandavas. The idols depict their faith in the Kaila Pani and the holy mango trees.
Mangarh is an important fair of the tribal people.The fair is held on Margshirsha Purnima. The tribals of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat participate in the fair and pay tribute to the founder of the Samp Sabha, Guru Govindgiri.