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:
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.
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.
Read More : Top Events and Festivals of Mumbai
Suggested Tour : 5 Days – Mumbai With Goa Tour
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.
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.
Read More : Top Festival and Events in Goa
Suggested Tour : 8 Days – Goa Carnival Tour
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.
Read More : Major Festivals and Events of Mumbai
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.
Read More : How To Reach Alwar
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.
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Suggested Tour : 4 Days – Mumbai Sightseeing Tour
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.
Read More : How to Reach Shekhawati
Suggested Tour : 17 Days – Rajasthan Cultural and Wildlife Tour
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.
Suggested Tour for Attending Losar: Ladakh 7 Days Tour Itinerary
10. Taj Mahotsav
Date : 18th – 27th February
As the name suggests, Taj Mahotsav is a festival that is held near the Eastern gate of Taj Mahal, 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.
Read More : Taj Mahotsav- An Admired Festival of India!
Suggested Tour to Attend the Festival: 5 Days – Exclusive Taj Mahal Tour
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.
Read More : How to Reach Kerala
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.
Suggested Tour to Attend the Festival : 3 Days – Khajuraho Private Tour from Delhi
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.
Read More : Top 10 Events in Rajasthan
Suggested Tour : 10 Days – Luxury Rajasthan Tour
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.
Read More : How to Reach Bharatpur
Suggested Tour : 8 Days – Golden Triangle with Bharatpur Tours
Date : 8th – 10th December
This is one of recent additions in the list of festivals going to happen in February in India (debut edition took place in 2015). This festival will see celebrations about the poise and finesse of Urdu Language. There will be live discussion sessions, ghazal performances, poetry sessions with some of the most known and respected artists of the country. This festival is a perfect treat for the people who want to know more about Urdu or have already fallen in love with the soulful language. The venue for the festival is Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and prior registration is required but there is no entry fees.
Note : This year (2018) Jasht-E-Rekhta Festival will be celebrate on December.
Suggested Tour : 2 Days Delhi Private Tour Package
16. Deccan Festival
Date : 8th – 10th December
The tourism board conducts this festival in Hyderabad to boost tourism in the region. The date for this year’s Deccan Festival is 25th February and the festival aims to showcase the beautiful art, culture and culinary delights of the Deccan as it does every year. Some performances which line up the festival to turn it into a hearty treat are qawwalis, ghazals, poetry etc. But the pleasures won’t stop here as you can also indulge in some shopping as there are handicrafts, jewellery and many things from the Deccan on display.
16. Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Date : 29th – 31st January
This year when the season is just right to host people before the beginning of scorching summer. It is a unique and amusing festival with the kind of proceedings that take place- you will be amazed to see competitions like Best Moustache competition, Turban tying and even a Mr. Desert Pageant! The backdrop of the festival is the grand Jaisalmer Fort which is perfect to give it an authentic setting.
Note : This year (2018) Jaisalmer Desert Festival will be celebrate on January.
Read More : Top Festival and Events in Rajasthan
Suggested Tour : 8 Days – Rajasthan Tour From Delhi
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