9 Festivals in India to visit
Created by Ankita A Talwar Updated on Feb 04, 2016
The sublime weather of February makes it a perfect month to go gallivanting over the country with your family. Most of the states host their festivals, traditional fetes, games etc. during this month. Here, we get you a list of choices to consider.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela: A crafts mela, this is a very popular event in Delhi and NCR. Artists and craftsmen from all across the country travel here to showcase their wares. From furniture, décor items, clothes, jewellery etc., the mela has everything you can ask for. For children, there are a variety of acts and performances going on which they can enjoy, not to mention the awesome multi-cuisine food available.
Date: 1st-15 February
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, nine days long, held in South Mumbai. The festival sections are visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature including children's literature, workshops, heritage walks, urban design and architecture, food, a dedicated section for children, and a vibrant street section including stalls selling eco friendly, hand made arts and crafts wares.
Date: 6th-14th February
Goa Carnival: This is Goa’s most famous festival and captures the essence of the city like none other. The city is replete with colourful parades, troupes, masked revelers, etc regional motifs, merrymaking and lots of enjoyment that celebrate the culture and cuisine of the state.
Date: 14-17 February
Bundeli Utsav: It is a cultural festival to promote the Bundeli (Bundelkhandi) folk arts, held in village Basari, District Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, every year during the spring season for seven days. Various competitions on folk arts, folk dances, folk songs, food festival, traditional games and archery events are organized during this festival.
Date: 12 February onwards
Taj Mahotsav: A 10-day long extravanganza, this festival is as much on the national radar as on the international. About 400 artisans from different parts of India get an opportunity to display their works of art. To name a few among them are the wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, Bamboo/cane work from North East India, and fabrics from West Bengal etc.
Date: 18th February onwards
Konark Dance Festival: As the name implies this festival is a platform to showcase the various dance forms of India. Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and other classical, folk and tribal dances/music are performed by renowned artists in the monumental Sun Temple, Konark.
Date: 19th February
Khajuraho Dance Festival: A highly reputed dance festival, the Khajuraho Dance Festival, sees performances by the top-notch dancers of the country. A cultural extravaganza, these dances are held with the monumental Khajuraho temples in the background.
Date: 20th-26th February
Festival Of Gardens: A 3 day event, this festival is held in the month of February to celebrate the spring. It is held in Chandigarh, in the famous rose garden. Visitors get to enjoy the flora and fauna of the season. The festival has a lot of fun activities for children, cultural performances, dances, puppet shows, street plays, plus competitions such as flower show, dog show.
Date: 20th February
Deccan Festival: Deccan Festival is celebrated in Hyderabad every year . This five-day long festival highlights Hyderabad's arts, crafts, culture and the famous Nawabi cuisine. Cultural programs include Ghazals, qawalis and mushairas, poetry etc., typical of the city.
Date: 25th February
Disclaimer: This article has been compiled from information from various State Tourism website. The actual dates could vary.
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