Holi is the most important festival for the tribal community. The tribes of the region wear their traditional dresses on Holi carrying swords and sticks and perform the ‘Gair Dance’ which is a typical tribal dance of this region.
Divasa (Haryali Amavasya) :
Divasa is another festival, which is celebrated by the tribal people on the last day of the first fortnight of Shravanmaas. It is a festival wherein the bullocks and the animals are worshipped and made to bathe as they are considered God’s another form. Various food items are also prepared.
It is celebrated on the 11th day of the bright half of Phalgun and unmarried boys and girls observe fast on this day. They go to a pond in the afternoon, wash themselves and bring small branches of tamarind trees. The Bhils attend the fair armed with bows, arrows and swords. This festival is held at Ghodi Ranchod, Bhim Kund, Sangmeshwar, etc.
The biggest tribal fair is held at Baneshwar at the confluence of Mahi, Som and Jhakham, which are believed to be holy rivers of the region. A number of tribals from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan gather to immerse the mortal remains of the dead. They worship, sing and dance on Magh Purnima, sometime in the month of February, which is considered to be a holy period in this region. It starts in Magh Shukla Gyaras and Magh Krishna Panchami (peak period of this fair is Magh Purnima).
Ghotia Amba Fair
This is a colorful and traditional fair held every year from Chaitra Thrayodashi to Chaitra Shukla Duje. The Bhils gather to take a holy dip in the tank near the temple with idols of Pandavas. They demonstrate their faith in the holy mango trees and Kaila Pani.
Celebrated on Margshirsha Purnima, Mangarh is also an important festival for the tribal people. Tribes from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh participate with enthusiasm in this fair. Guru Govind Giri, the founder of Samp Sabha, is worshipped on this day.
|Name of Fair / Festival||Place||Date||Expected Crowd (Approx.)|
|Choti Ranchord||Motogauv||Falgun Shukla Gyaras||20 to 25 Thousands|
|Kalaji Ka Mela||Gopinath Ka Ghada||First Sunday of Navratri||5 to 10 Thousands|
|Dev Jhulani||Banswara||Bhadrapad Shukla 11||25 Thousands|
|Ghotia Amba||Ghotia Amba (Borigama)||Chaitra Amavasya||2 Lac|
|Andeshwar||Andeshwar (Kushalgarh)||Kartik Purnima||25 Thousands|
|Baneshwar||Dungarpur - Banswara||Maagh Purnima||4 to 5 Lac|
|Rath Yatra||Banswara Ghatol Bagidora/Talwara Badodiya/Kalinjra Nogama/Partapur Arthuna/Aajna/Garhi Daduka/ Kushalgarh||Bhadrapad Shukla 3 Bhadrapad Shukla 2 Bhadrapad Shukla 2 Bhadrapad Shukla 2 Bhadrapad Shukla 2 Bhadrapad Shukla 2 Bhadrapad Shukla 2||5 to 10 Thousand
|Vaneshwar||Vaneshwar (Banswara)||Kartik Shukla 4||8 Thousands|
|Maangarh||Near Anandpuri||Margshirsha Purnima||50 Thousands|
|Gopeshwar||Near Ghatol||Kartik Purnima||15 Thousands|
|Shivratri||Madareshwar, Banswara||Shivratri||10 Thousands|
|Mangleshwar, Banswara||Shivratri||10 Thousands|
|Jaran Ka Mahadev Bagidora||Shivratri||10 Thousands|
|Navratri||Tripura Sundari (Talwara)||Ashtami||10 Thousands|
|Vittaldev Mela||Vittal Dev||Poush Purnima||20 Thousands|