a year in winters and on the middle of the continually rising
and falling stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert,
the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the
brilliant colour, music and laughter of the Desert
Festival. The festival is organised by the tourist authorities
as tourist entertainment around January-February.
The very rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture is on
show here for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful
women dressed in their brightly costumes dance and sing
lingering ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. Traditional
musicians attempt to outdo each other in their musical
high points of the festival are - snake charmers,
puppeteers, acrobats, folk performers do rapid trade.
Camels, the lifeline of the desert, play a foremost role. Proud
moustached villagers, dressed in their ethnic best come astride
their picturesquely caparisoned camels to join in the camel
dances and competitions of camel acrobatics, camel races and
décor, camel polo, tug of war and the like.
The tourist dances, turban tying competitions and
tug of war are big draws and laughter. The Mr Desert
competitions, which are focused around the length of
moustaches by and large, attract many hopefuls.