Pushkar cattle Fair begins in Rajasthan

International cattle fair on Wednesday kicked off amid colourful celebrations and enthusiastic participation of foreign tourists. Rajasthan MoS for Education Naseem Akhtar Insaaf formally inaugurated the fair, which takes place in the Hindu month of Kartika beginning on 8th day of Lunar calendar and continues till full moon. The minister informed that the state government has for the first time allocated an additional budget of Rs two crore for the arrangements in the fair. Lakhs of visitors are likely to visit the fair in Pushkar, some 15 kms from here, officials said. Cattle trading mostly takes place during the first half of the festival period, while religious activities dominate the later half.
The district administration in Ajmer also announced November 27 as a public holiday on account of major celebrations during the Pushkar Fair. Besides the huge gathering of farmers for cattle purchase, the first day’s highlight was a football match played between the locals and foreign tourists. A camel race was also organized which saw participation in large numbers by local camel owners. As the camels galloped towards the finishing line, several hundreds of tourists cheered them.