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6 festivals that celebrate animals

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Aug. 10, 2016, 7:32 a.m.
man kissing camel at Pushkar Camel Fair

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Pushkar Camel Fair

Originally created as a place for local people to sell and trade livestock, the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India, is now a popular event that attracts more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle, as well as about 400,000 people who go to witness the colorful spectacle. Some groups of animals, herders and traders travel for three weeks to get to the fair. In addition to camel and horse sales and trades, there are camel races, camel cart rides and camel competitions. Non-camel events include turban and mustache contests, as well as concerts and cultural events. Souvenirs include camel dung paper and notebooks, camel wool shawls and camel cheeses, cakes and cheesecakes, all made with camel milk.