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Major Festivals and Events in India in February 2018

India is a land of different cultures and religions. There are many societies and ethnic groups co-existing with each other in harmony. This unique feature of ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the attraction point for many tourists to come on an exploration spree. And one thing that is ‘not to be missed’ on this excursion is the festival season. But we should highlight here that there’s no particular month when there are most number of festivals but these are spread evenly throughout the year and so each month there is some or the other festival being celebrated in some part of India. February is one month which sees an eclectic mix of festivals from across the country; let’s have a look at the major ones among them:

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1. Surajkund International Craftsmela
Date: 2nd – 18th February
This festival is the right place to enjoy the regional and international crafts and local traditions. On the first fortnight of February, this festival takes place in Surajkund of Faridabad. More than a million tourists and locals visit this mela. This is the place of exhibition of diverse handlooms, handicrafts, masterpiece and others. This is one of the largest craft exhibitions in the world. You can find many artists perform in the open-air theaters. You can also enjoy many joy rides, cuisine of the land and other attractions here.

Surajkund Mela


2. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
 Date: 3rd – 11th February

The city of dreams (Mumbai) hosts this festival and it is the country’s largest multicultural festival as according to a report in The Hindu newspaper. Entry is free of cost, therefore fest is open to everyone, also seeing many known celebrities coming in to take part in the proceedings. There are dance performances, music gigs, plays, art displays, food stalls etc to take care of visitors’ need for a complete experience. So if you’re in Mumbai during the period of February 3rd to February 11th, you should not miss out on kala ghoda arts at all.

Art Festival India


3. Sula Fest
Date: 3rd – 4th February

The lovers of things all fine and good should definitely come to festival because the charm of senses pleasing music and wine put together will definitely take your breath away. The two days festival will be dotted with spectacular performances by artists like Nucleya, Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project, Infected Mushroom and Bloc Party. The festival is organised in a sula vineyards, near the city of Nashik, India and this year is the tenth edition of it. Secure your pass well before, the cost of which would be somewhere around Rs.5,500 for all three days.

Sula Fest Nashik


4. Goa Carnival
Date: 10th – 13th February
This is a colour riot to see as Goa celebrates its annual carnival with much pomp and show. There are grand processions, dance and music performances and great food to rev up all your senses. The procession goes through the city of Panjim and other major cities to spread the message of merry making. The goa carnival culminates with Red and Black Ball dance and crowning of King Momo (Ball takes place at Clube National in Panjim). The end of the festival marks the beginning of Lent when people abstain from consuming rich foods like meat and drinking alcohol.

Festivals of goa


5. Mahindra Blues Festival
Date: 10th – 11th February
Mahindra Blues festival sees artists from all over the world converging and performing at one place. The festival takes place in the posh suburb of Bandra, Mumbai and will see performances by artists like Blues Machine, Eric Gales, Janiva Magness and several others. Since its first edition in 2011, the festival has gained unmatched popularity and is awaited by the music lovers like anything. The pass for the festival will cost around Rs.4,000 and less, but it will be all worth it, to go by the international fame this festival has achieved in a short period of time.

Blues festival bandra


6. Alwar Festival
Date: 13th – 15th February
This tourism festival of Alwar takes place for three days in February. This is one of the most popular festival of the place. This festival takes you close to the traditions and culture of the land. The celebration includes fair, fancy dress competition, sketching competition, flower show, elephant polo, film shows and others. This is the time to shop many interesting souvenirs too. The festival brings many artisans together who exhibit their masterpieces and antiques.

festivals in uttar pardesh


7. India Art Festival
Date: 15th – 18th February
This festival is celebrated in Mumbai, aims to provide modern art fair bring the artists, art galleries, art collectors and connoisseurs at one platform. The artwork includes paintings, sculptures, drawing and installation with video and digital art by over 400 artists. It includes panel discussions and various workshops and the entry is free.

Art festivals of india


8. Shekhawati Heritage Festival
Date: 15th – 18th February

The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan  is the land of Rajputs. Rajputs are famous for their colorful celebrations and this heritage festival is a tribute to their culture. This festival is celebrated in many venues in Rajasthan like Nawalgarh, Dikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu. Nawalgarh is the capital of this celebration. You can enjoy many workshops, exhibitions, rural games, fireworks, cattle fair, food courts, stalls, award ceremony and many others.  

Rajasthan Festivals


9. Losar Festival
Date: 16th – 17th February
Tibetan New Year, as it is called in other words, is one of the greatly celebrated festivals of India as a sizeable amount of Tibetan population resides in various parts of the country. It marks the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Tibet, Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Himachal Pradesh (Like Dhasa) are some areas where Losar is celebrated with great zeal and zest due to concentration of Losar celebrating population. One great attraction during the festival is the masked dance which looks awe inspiring and splendid at the same time.

Tibetan fest


10. Taj Mahotsav
Date: 18th – 27th February

As the name suggests, Taj Mahotsav is a festival that is held near the Eastern gate of TajMahal, Agra. The duration of the festival is ten long days where there is a splendid display of Indian culture and traditions. So popular is the festival that people from far off and shores across come to witness this festival. One reason why this time of the year is chosen for Taj Mahotsav is that the season is also ideal for touring the city as the climate is benevolently cool for sightseeing.

Festivals of Taj


11. Pariyanampetta Pooram Kattakulam
Date: 19th February
This is a seven-day extravaganza celebration in Kattukulam of Palakkad district in Kerala. You can find many dance forms during this celebration. Other common attractions includes procession of elephants, folk dance, arts, rituals and others. This attracts people from various parts of the country. This is an annual celebration of Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple, which will start on Feb on this year.
Pariyanampetta festival kattakulam


12. Khajuraho Dance Festival
Date: 20th – 26th February
In a small town in Madhya Pradesh, lie one of the most beautiful Indian architectural marvels, The Khajuraho Temples (named after the city only). Here, every February, an outstanding dance festival is hosted where artists from all over the country perform live with the best of their acts on Hindu Mythology, some of the prominent ones being Shiva’s Tandava, Krishna’s Raas Leela etc. Come to witness a grand presentation of Indian performing arts with Khajuraho temples standing as a beautiful backdrop befitting the occasion.

Dance festivals of india


13. Nagaur Fair
Date: 22th – 25th February
It is a mainly a livestock trading fair that takes place in Rajasthan. It is spread over 4 days and is observed annually as a ritual. You will be amazed to know that this is the second largest cattle fair in India, first largest being the Sonepur Mela and once you enter the compound it’s a grandiose scene to witness as you see several people trading their camels, horses and bullocks. But trading activity is not the only thing to look out for, there are entertainment performances by local artists, camel races, very exhilarating tug of war games.

Trade fair of rajasthan


14. Brij Festival
Date: 25th –26th February

Bharatpur becomes more colorful during Brij festival. This festival is associated with color, song and dance. This is the festival of color. Raslila dance is the iconic celebration of this festival. People dress as Lord Krishna and Radha and take part in dance performances. If you visit Banganga River in the morning, you can find many rituals and people taking a holy dip. This festival is also associated with many interesting rituals in temples of Bharatpur.
lord krishna festivals

 

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