The two day long annual ‘Winter Fest 2016’ is all set to begin from December 29th in Mount Abu hill station of Rajasthan. The city will come alive with culture, folk performances, adventure activities, and more for the tourists and visitors. The festival is organized jointly by the municipal board of Mount Abu and Rajasthan Tourism board.
The annual Winter Festival held at Mount Abu pays homage to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The much-talked about event is a rare combination of cultural vibrancy, stunning handicrafts and delicious food, set against a scenic backdrop. This two day extravaganza brings together craftsmen and performers from every corner of the state. It is also known for its sporting and entertainment events, such as kite flying, rowing competitions and poetry reading sessions. Also, it is the only festival in Rajasthan where cricket has been introduced as a part of the celebration.
On December 29th, a grand procession marks the beginning of the festival in the morning. A boat race will be organised in the afternoon at the lake. It culminates at the Nakki Lake with the ‘Deepdaan’ ceremony in the evening, where hundreds of diyas (earthen lamps) are set afloat in the water as a form of respect. In the evening the festival will have ‘Best of Rajasthan Cultural Show’ including various cultural and folk performances like Ghoomar, Gair, Kacchi Ghodi, Kalbelia dances amongst others at the Polo Ground. A stunning display of fireworks ends the festival on a spectacular note.
The second day will start with a cricket match at the Polo Ground in the morning. In the afternoon tourist will witness adventure sport, ‘Tug Of War’, while in the evening there will be a live performance followed by a display of fireworks at the ground. On both days, as part of the festival, there will be all-day adventure activities like paramotors, ATV/ quad bike rides at the Polo Ground. In the evening the audience can partake in the hot air balloon ride at the ground. Furthermore, the onlookers will get a chance to witness the Vintage Car Display at the Mall Road during the day.