By Ekta Mal
India in February means, the last leg of winters as the cold is preparing to leave the country. During this time, a lot of festivals take place in our country highlighting the arts and culture of the country. Some of them are as follows:
- Surajkund International Crafts Mela
Into its 30th year this year, the Surajkund crafts mela showcases the finest handlooms, handicrafts, and Indian cuisine. Over 400 artisans display and demonstrate their crafts from all over India and the world. There are also cultural programs and an amusement zone for children. The mela has a different theme every year. This year the state Telangana has been chosen to be the theme state.
When: February 1-15 each year
Where: Surajkund, in the Faridabad district a short distance from South Delhi. It’s around 35 minutes drive from the Delhi airport.
2. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
The Kala Ghoda arts festival is a nine-day extravaganza that sees Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct transformed into an open air exhibition space and stage show. This vibrant street festival includes arts and crafts exhibitions, seminars, dance, music, theatre, heritage walks, and special events for children. The great thing about it is that it’s free!
When: February 6-14,2016
Where: Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct, Fort, Mumbai
- Goa Carnival
The colourful Goa carnival, which began as a local feast by the Portuguese in the 18th century, has developed into the state’s most famous event. During the festival, the streets come alive with parades, floats, music, and masked dances. It culminates with the Red and Black Dance, a formal ball in Panaji, where the dress code is red and black. The festivities kick off with a Food and culture festival in Panaji.
When: February 6-9,2016
Where: The carnival moves from city to city(Panaji, Vasco, Mapusa) in Goa. The Parade starts out from Panaji.
- Taj Mahotsav
The Taj Mahotsav takes place at Shilpgram in Agra, right near the eastern entry gate to the Taj Mahal. The focus of this festival is on arts, crafts, Indian culture and recreating the Mughal era. It gets underway with a spectacular procession that includes elephants, camels and drummers. Elephant and camel rides are on offer and there are also games for the kids and a food festival. The venue has special significance, as it’s apparently located on the site where the artisans who built the Taj Mahal once lived. A full programme of events is available on the website.
When: February 18-27 each year
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- Jaisalmer Desert Festival
This exuberant desert festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer at its magical best. A parade of camels and fancily dressed locals, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, competitions for the finest facial hair, acrobats, puppeteers and jugglers are all part of this amusing festival.
When: February 20-22, 2016
Where: Jaisalmer Rajasthan