No matter what month of the year it is, there is some festival round the corner in India. February in particular is the month of several exciting festivals and events. These festivals give you a sneak peek into the culture and traditions of the region where they are held. If you really want to experience India, the best way to do it is by attending its festivals. Here is a list of some exciting festivals and events in February 2018 that you must not miss.

Surajkund International Craftsmela

Date: 2nd – 18th February



Venue: Surajkund, South Delhi

Surajkund Craftsmela is a fair that showcases fine handloom products of the region made by hundreds of artisans. It is also a great opportunity to taste some lip-smacking Indian delicacies.



Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Photograph courtesy: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival/Facebook

Photograph courtesy: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival/Facebook

Date : 3rd – 11th February

Venue: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

This 9-day festival is when Mumbai puts its most creative foot forward. An open-air exhibition with stunning installations of art, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is one of the best things to witness in Mumbai.

Sula Fest

Sula Vineyards, Photograph Courtesy: Annanya Deb/Creative Commons

Sula Vineyards, Photograph Courtesy: Annanya Deb/Creative Commons

Date: 3rd – 4th February

Venue: Sula Vineyards, Nashik

Music, wine, food and terrific weather! What else can one ask for? All of this await you at Sula Vineyards in Nashik.

Goa Carnival

Goa Carnival

Date : 10th – 13th February

Venue: Goa

The already vibrant Goa gets all the more colourful and convivial during the annual Goa carnival. Celebrated to honour the 18th century Portuguese tradition of a local feast, Goa carnival has now become an extravagant affair with floats, parades, music and loads of enthusiastic, cheering tourists.

Maha Shivratri

Date: 13th – 14th February

Venue: All over India

This festival is dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva and is characterized by devotees staying awake all night offering prayers, chanting in temples and taking holy dips in sacred waters the next morning.

Angalamman Festival

Date: 14th February

Venue: Kaveripattinam, Tamil Nadu

A festival not to be witnessed by the weak-hearted, Angalamman involves devotees of Goddess Parvati piercing lemons all over their body.

Alwar Festival

Date: 13th – 15th February

Venue: Alwar, Rajasthan

This three-day festival celebrates ALwar as an excellent tourist destination. Celebrations include fairs, cultural competitions, flower shows and displays of works of artisans.

Shekhawati Heritage Festival

shekhawati

Date: 15th – 18th February

Venue: Shekhawati, Rajasthan

Shekhawati in Rajasthan is famous for its old havelis and frescoes. During the Shekhawati festival, you can explore the magnificent architecture of this region and also check out the skills displayed by locals in arts and crafts workshops.

World Sacred Spirit Festival

Date: 15th-16th February

Venue: Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan

This festival attracts tourist with the promise of taking them on a sacred and spiritual journey. And with the alluring backdrop of the magnificent Mehrangarh fort, you cannot resist attending this song and dance extravaganza.

Losar Festival

Losar-main

Date: 16th – 17th February

Venue: Ladakh, Sikkim

Tibetan New Year or Buddhist New year is celebrated by Tibetans in India in the form of Losar. It involves people getting into masked dance performances and processions in monasteries.

Taj Mahotsav

Taj-Mahal-in-sunrise-light

Date: 18th – 27th February

Venue: Taj Mahal, Agra

Celebrated at the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahotsav celebrates the magnificence of India’s most popular tourist attraction. From ostentatious processions to brilliant displays of art and craft works, it has everything.

Pariyanampetta Pooram Kattakulam

Date: 19th February

Venue: Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple, Kattukulam, Palakkad district of Kerala

This festival involves a procession of decorated elephants and drawing of colourful rangolis on the floor. It is celebrated at the end of a 7-day festival in Kerala’s Pariyanampetta temple.

Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho

Khajuraho

Date: 20th – 26th February

Venue: Khajuraho

The Khajuraho Group of monuments is one of India’s major tourist attractions. It becomes the venue for the Khajuraho Dance festival which showcases classical dance forms from all over India.

Chettikulangara Bharani

Date: 22nd February

Venue: Chettikulangara temple, Alleppey, Kerala

This festival is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and involves a huge colourful procession of brightly decorate structures.

Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam

Date: 23rd to 26th February

Venue: Kuttikkol Thampuratty Bhagavathy Temple at Kuttikkol, Kerala

This is an intriguing festival in Kerala wherein artists showcase the theyyam forms of Kerala and perform dances going into a trance to channel Gods and Goddesses through their bodies.

Ragasthan

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Date: 23rd to 26th February

Venue: Near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

This is a marvellous festival that combines the rustic charm of the Great Indian Thar desert with art, music and cinema. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the ambiance of the Rajasthan desert in February.

Nagaur Fair

Date: 22th – 25th February

Venue: Nagaur, Rajasthan

The Nagaur Fair is a livestock trading get-together that is spread across four days.

Brij Festival

Date: 25th – 26th February

Venue: Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Witness the song, dance and colors of Rajasthan in this vibrant festival that is held in the lovely Bharatpur region of the state.