Camels are a symbol of elegance and peace. They are one of the most used or I should say over-used animals for transport and as a carrier. Like every other animal they are fun too and this time fun is different. I am talking about Bikaner Camel festival that takes place every year attracting thousands of visitors in its desert-land.
Held in the month of January every year, it is one of the most prominent and famous festivals. The festival is although exclusively for the camels, it has a dash of colour and vibrancy with the desert land’s regional folk dancers giving it a flavour much needed. There is music, there is dance and amidst all are the gorgeously decked camels. Tourists who come from far off places take delight in getting charmed by this animal’s charm, movements and its ultimate grace. You have all kinds of events from camel rides to camel dances, camel races and bumpy neck shaking performances of the trained camels.
Do you know that the camel festival is flagged off with a spectacular ceremony like that of a competition? In this competition camels are decorated to win titles like best decorated camel, best camel hair cut, best camel cutting design, best camel milking and so forth. After all this is over, on the second day the camels take part for the camel races.
If you look here for the camel hair art, you would be astonished to see how beautifully all this is done. Photographer Osakabe Yasuo in fact says that such an artwork can take up to three years of hard work. For the first two years, the hair is just grown and then trimmed and prepared. Just in the third year, the hair is trimmed to create intricate patterns and designs. Hair is even dyed for some dramatic effects.