February is the month of love and romance and one doesn’t really need a reason to go on a holiday with their loved ones. Apart from the Valentines, the shortest month of the year has a long list of other reasons for you to explore India a little more.
Not only the weather that is on your side by this month but also so many chic and traditional event happening around India. If you are a beach lover or an art lover or a culture enthusiast, then February has a lot in its bucket to offer.
Here is a list of some amazing festivals that will make your holiday a lifetime experience.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Have you ever seen desert clad in colors? Well, Jaisalmer Desert Festival colors the barren desert and makes it alive with love, art, and happiness. It is an annual event that is celebrated in the month of Magh i.e February- three days prior to the full moon. This three days event is the extravaganza of the sights, smell and unique delights of the desert city.
Be it the gymnastic stunts on Camel’s back, turban tying, biggest mustache competitions or rare competitions like camel polo, the festival never fails to amaze you. Delicious food, interesting stalls displaying artifacts, handicrafts, and other souvenirs are cherry on the cake.
The special thing about the whole event is that it ends on the full moon day i.e. on Purnima in the Sam dunes with the “Sonar Qila” Jaisalmer Fort in the background creating a fairy-tale ambiance.
It will be held from 8th February to 10th February.
Indian Derby Weekend, Maharashtra
Attended by almost 25000 people each year, Indian Derby Weekend is definitely worth your time. If you are a race lover, then it is the perfect hideout for you. Indian Derby weekend is a high society sports event that is full of charm, lights, and entertainment. In addition to horse racing, there’s international aerial ballet, professional salsa dancing, and live bands that can be enjoyed here. As a matter of fact, the event owns the credit of being the biggest lucrative event on the Mumbai social calendar.
Don’t stop here; explore the unexplored Lonavala as well. To make your holiday even better, stay at a quaint resort at Lonavala to enjoy the solitude and then head to Mumbai to explore the charm.
International Sufi Music Festival, Jodhpur
Sufism is a path to solace, peace, and love. Sufism is beyond religion as it talks about the history of mosques, temples, and churches in a poetic way. Yes, Sufism is nothing but ART.
And this is what is been celebrated at the International Sufi Music Festival. This three days event brings artist from every corner of the world together in one single platform. And watching them all perform side by side is a pure delight. We bet, these 3 nights full of music, love, and poetry will be an unforgettable experience.
The breathtaking event will be held at Nagpur Fort (13th-15th Feb) and then move to the massive Mehrangarh Fort perched above the city of Jodhpur (17th and 18th February).
Goa Carnival, Goa
One doesn’t really need a reason to go to Goa as the place is full of frolic activities and is always in a whimsical mood. But still, we need reasons to justify our holidays so one of the good reasons out of many to visit Goa in February would be the celebration of Goa Carnival.
Goa Carnival was started by the Portuguese in the 18th century and is now an essential part of the culture of Goa. During the carnival, people can be seen dancing on the streets; parades, floats, music and masked dancing groups are sighted across the state. A formal ball dance called the Red and Black Dance can also be enjoyed during the carnival along with food and culture festival that is held in Panaji. It will be held on February 25-28, 2017. What are you waiting for! Book your tickets right away.
Shekhawati Festival, Rajasthan
The month of February takes you back to the time of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. To know hidden truths about the history of Rajasthan, head to attend Shekhawati Festival. The fest includes assorted cultural programs and activities like Mehendi and Rangoli competitions, Matka Race, Tug-of-War and Folk dance and music performances.
It is also the perfect opportunity to sight the traditionally built havelis that Shekhawati region is famous for. You shall also have the opportunity to savor the delectable Rajasthani cuisine and cherish the massive shopping experience. It will be celebrated from 4th February to 7th February of 2017.
Chettikulangara Bharani Temple Festival, Alleppey
A visually fascinating event, it includes a lively procession of brightly decorated structures. Celebrated in the honor of Hindu Goddess Bhagavathy, Chettikulangara Bharani Temple Festival is one such event that will certainly add a memorable dimension to your holiday in Kerala.
Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular pageant. This will be celebrated on February 1-5, 2017.
Pariyanampetta Pooram Festival, Kerala
February seems to be a month of celebration for the God’s own country, Kerala; after you are done celebrating the Chettikulangara Bharani Temple Festival in Alleppey, it will be time to be part of another celebration in Kerala. In the Palakkad district, Pariyanampetta Pooram Festival is held in mid-February.
The temple fest features a procession of 21 decorated elephants, shadow puppetry (Tholpavakoothu) and religious and folk arts like Kathakali and Chakiyarkoothu. The major attraction of the festival is the ritual (Kalamezhuthu Pattu) of drawing the image of the presiding deity Bhagavathy with the help of nature colors on the floor. Folk arts like Kaalavela (bull effigy spectacle) and Kuthiravela (horse effigy spectacle) and others like Poothanum Thirayum can be witnessed in the procession on the final day of the festival. It will be celebrated on February 19, 2017
Neralu Festival, Bengaluru
Neeralu means ‘shade’ in Kannada is a festival which is celebrated by Bangalore. It is based on the concept of ‘Save Trees and Celebrates Trees’. If you are a nature lover, this is a must-attend event for you.
The people of Bangalore and nature activists from all over India gather to celebrate the existence of trees.
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