The Rajasthani dancers pose in traditional dress prior to the Teej parade.
We couldn’t have planned it better. We arrived into Jaipur just hours before the monsoon festival called Teej was to begin. A colorful event celebrating the reunion of Shiva and goddess Parvati, after she paid a penance of 100 years separation. (Talk about in the dog house!) They say it is celebrated mainly by women, though we saw everyone getting into the spirit of things. It is a great excuse to dress up in bright colors and have a party! So what better way to start the party off than by a parade.
Camels wait to enter the Teej festival parade in Jaipur.
These elephants were very camera aware 😉
Elephant prepare for the Teej festival parade in Jaipur.
The Kucchhi Ghodhi or Dummy Horse dance being performed during Teej.
Elephants on parade! The parade will be run two days in a row. © Jessie Brandon
The colors are amazing. The polar opposite of the desert most of these people came from to be here.
Teej is a day of brass bands, stilt walkers, bullock carts pulling cannons, decorated elephants, horses, camels, and dancers.
Colorful Rajasthani women watched as the elephants take money offered by parade goers in their trunks.
Two young girls watch the Teej Festival parade through the legs of the crowd. © Jessie Brandon
Large decorated pole are carried through the city and young men dance around them during Teej.