Festivals

Rich in natural beauty and an ideal blend of Malwa, Mewar and Vagad cultures, Pratapgarh known in earlier times as ‘Kanthal’, is surrounded by Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh districts of Rajasthan and Ratlam, Neemuch and Mandsaur districts of Madhya Pradesh (MP). The people of this region are more linked with MP for social obligations than other parts of Rajasthan, because Neemuch, Mandsaur and Ratlam districts of MP surround Pratapgarh boundaries in about 60% length. The prominent language of this region is Hindi, however, "Kanthhalee-Bolee" composed of words from Malwi, Mewari and Vagdee (local dialects) is commonly spoken in villages.

The district includes members of all sects, religions, and castes including Bhil, Balai, Bhanti, Dhholi, Patidar, Rajput, Brahmin, Mahajan, Sunar, Darzi, Chamar, Luhar, Suthar, Nai, Dhobi, Koli, and above all Meena; major occupants are traditional Meena tribal, exclusively dependent on agriculture, animal husbandry, and forestry, who have their own culture, attire, dialect, rituals, fairs and festivals. A good number of native Bohra families are engaged in overseas trading and business in Middle East countries. Some tribal have a tradition of 'second marriage' as an approved social-custom. Like many other places in the region, the most prominent custom is "Mautana", where as a social-penalty, (mostly in accidental death-cases), heavy cash-fine is imposed on the culprit/s in favor of family of the victim and his community. Before any auspicious event, people do organize GangojRatri-Jagarnaa and also obtain a Paatee (clearance) from 'Devra'- a temple of local Gods.

A Large number of visitors and pilgrims do visit the old temples at Ambamata ShaktipeethhBhanwarmataGautameshwar Mahadev Paapmochan TeerthaSholi Hanuman TempleDeepeshwar Mandir and many other temples. The magnificent Tomb (Dargah) of Saiyadi Kaka Saheb is also a popular destination, especially amongst Daudee Bohra community of Muslims, who gather here in large numbers on the occasion of Annual Urs of Saiyadi Kaka Saheb. The major fairs of this region are- Ambamata FairSita Mata FairGautameshwara Fair (on 'Vaishak-Poornima') and Bhanwar Mata Fair. Fairs on stipulated dates are also held in small places like Shaulee-HanumanjeeGangeshwara-ParsolaManaa-Gaon, and Gupteshwara Mahadev in and around Pratapgarh.

Although all major Hindu festivals like Diwali, Govardhan Puja, Holi, 'Rang-Teras', 'Raksha Bandhan', 'Mahashivratri', 'Hanuman Jayanti' and 'Vijayadashami' etc. are celebrated in Pratapgarh, yet 'Sharad Navratri' and 'Vasant Navratri' both are also celebrated in the city with fun and frolic. "Doondhotsava" is celebrated on Holi. The people of the city do not celebrate "Dhulendi' on the following day after Holi, as done all over India, but color holi is celebrated thirteen days after on the Hindu day of "Rang Teras". 'Gair'-Dancers can be seen all over the villages during 'Dashaamaataa' festival. A procession of folk diety Baba Ramdevji is a regular feature on 'Bhag-Dashmee Teej'. 'Sheetalaa Saptmee' is also observed in the district, when only "Makki-Dhoklas" (cooked before a day prior to the festival) are consumed.

Sr. No Tehsil Place Distance from Tehsil Fair Name
1. Arnod Gautameshwar 03 KM Vaishakh Poornima 
Soli Hanuman 18 KM Hanuman Jaynti
2. Chhoti Sadri Maha Shivratri 0 KM Maha Shivratri
Gangeshwar 27 KM Bambori
3. Dhariawad Mnhu Mahdev, Sakhikheda 05 KM Vaishakh Poornima
Rang Panchmi 0 KM Rang Panchmi
Parsola 20 KM Rathmela
ManaGaon 10 KM Vaishakh Poornima
4. Pratapgarh Gupteshwar Mahdev 01 KM Shivratri Mela
Ambamata 05 KM Bhai Dooj