Pushkar Horse and Camel Fair
A camel trader leans on his cart, Pushkar Horse and Camel Fair, Pushkar , Rajasthan, India, 25/10/2009
The Indian festival of Kartik Purnima is marked annually in October or November by a huge cattle and camel fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan . Pushkar Mela attracts over 200,000 visitors and pilgrims. Semi-nomadic tribal people with hordes of cattle, camels and horses descend upon the town setting up a vast camp on the outskirts of Pushkar. Serious trading takes place before the official opening of the mela between farmers, breeders and camel traders. Events begin four to five days before the full moon and include camel and horse races, a tug of war between Rajastanis and foreigners, a fashion show for Sari wearers and competitions of horse 'dancing' . Jugglers, acrobats, magicians and folk dancers abound while salesman of equestrian and camel-related merchandise do a roaring trade in the bustling camp.
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