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
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 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.
Date : 10th 13th February
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Date: 18th 27th February
Venue: Taj Mahal, Agra
Celebrated at the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahotsav celebrates the magnificence of Indias 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 Keralas Pariyanampetta temple.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Date: 20th 26th February
The Khajuraho Group of monuments is one of Indias major tourist attractions. It becomes the venue for the Khajuraho Dance festival which showcases classical dance forms from all over India.
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.
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.
Date: 22th 25th February
Venue: Nagaur, Rajasthan
The Nagaur Fair is a livestock trading get-together that is spread across four days.
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.