A Fun Day at the Fair in Rann Utsav, Kutch
When it happens: 9th December 2011 – 15th January 2012
Where it happens: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat,India
The Rann Utsav, Kutch is a festival hosted by the Gujarat Tourism Department. It is a cultural extravaganza that takes place in different location within the district of Gujarat, India. This fair showcases the traditional forms of art of India as it celebrates the diversity of the Kutch district and emphasizes the cultural magnificence of Gujarat.
The fair is held every year during the full moon in winter. Aside from the traditional Indian art forms, it also showcases music, folk and cultural dances, and craftsmanship. Among these, tourists can also enjoy pageantry and carnival processions. The Rann Utsav, Kutch is a concoction of the enthusiasm and spirit of the Kutch residents.
The Rann Utsav, Kutch is a great time to enjoy the full moon with dance forms and folk music. In time with the chilling winters, you will surely have an enchanting experience. This is a unique opportunity for you to experience the essence of this striking barren region. You can build tents and light bonfires in the evening as you watch artisans perform. You can also dance with the folk dances and enjoy the camel safaris.
These beautiful traditions are displayed by various local artists in the form of crafts that are surely worth buying. There are also tourist attractions in Kutch that you can visit after the festival. You can try visiting museums and royal cenotaphs of Bhuj. You can also go to the beaches and take a trip to the palace of Mandvi. You can also visit the city of architectural delights, Ahmedabad. Other tourist destinations you can go to are the craft villages of Banni and the holy lake of Narayan Sarovar.
Majority of the people in Kutch is vegetarian. Members of the caste such as Buldhmins and Jains perform strict vegetarianism. Jains even refrain from eating root crops such as onion, garlic, and potatoes. Hindus perform different levels of vegetarianism, but all of them certainly do not eat beef.
If you ever visit for the Rann Utsav, Kutch the staple food of the people are milk and bajra, also known as pearl millet. A very common food for all is the bajara na rotla which is served with buttermilk and curd. It was first introduced by the brave king Lakho Fulani. He discovered this grain during his exile in other regions. During lunch, people religiously drink buttermilk because milk is considered to be sacred. The people may offer you milk as a sign of welcoming and friendship.
However, the most popular drink in the region is tea because it si enjoyed regardless of caste, social status, sex or religion. You can also drink it with sugar and milk. Alcohol is another popular drink in Kutch. However, if you are a woman, you are not allowed to drink alcohol.