Major Festivals and Events in India in February 2019

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 : 1st – 15th February, 2019

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.

Surajkund Crafts Mela

2. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Date : 2nd – 9th February, 2019

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 2nd to February 9th, you should not miss out on Kala Ghoda Arts at all.

Kala Ghoda Art Festival Mumbai

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3. Sula Fest

Date : 2nd – 3rd February, 2019

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.

Sula Fest

4. Matho Nagrang Festival

Date: 18th – 19th February, 2019

Location: Matho Monastery, Leh

Matho Nagrang is a Buddhist festival to invoke the divine spirits to help solve problems and predict the future in Leh Ladakh Region. The custom of this festive is to keep two selected monks in isolation where they meditate for two month in order to call on the divine spirits. This is a fascinating festival which is very lively and filled with colors as the other monks join the celebration in colourful costumes. Matho Nagrang is held in the northern side of India which is a bed of cold deserts. The best time to visit this place is during March as the snow starts melting away giving way to the multi-coloured ore rich mountains. Visiting in March also gives you the added advantage of being part of this marvellous festival and getting to know a little about what the future has in store.

Matho Nagrang Festival Leh Ladakh

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5. Mahindra Blues Festival

Date : 10th – 11th February, 2019

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.

Mahindra Blues Festival Bandra

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6. Alwar Festival

Date : 13th – 15th February, 2019

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.

Alwar Festival

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7. India Art Festival

Date : 17th – 20th January, 2019

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.

India Art Fair

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8. Shekhawati Heritage Festival

Date : 12th – 15th February, 2019

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.

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9. Losar Festival

Date : 5th7th February, 2019

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.

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10. Taj Mahotsav

Date : 18th – 27th February, 2019

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.

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11. Pariyanampetta Pooram Kattakulam

Date : 13th – 19th February, 2019

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.

Pariyanampetta Pooram Kuttakulam, Kerala

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12. Khajuraho Dance Festival

Date : 18th – 24th February, 2019

Location: Khajuraho

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.

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13. Nagaur Fair

Date : 10th – 13th February, 2019

Location: Nagaur, Rajasthan

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.

Nagaur Fair Festival Rajasthan

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14. Brij Festival

Date : 25th – 26th February, 2019

Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
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.

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15. Jashn-E-Rekhta

Date : To Be Announced

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.

Jashn-E-Rekhta, New Delhi

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16. Deccan Festival

Date : 25th Feb – 1st March, 2019

Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

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.

Deccan Festival Hyderabad

17. Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Date : 17th – 19th February, 2019

Location: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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. Get complete info about Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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18. Konark Festival

This is basically a dance festival to give importance to the eroding local dance forms. However, over the passage of time, locals have added more activities and attracts to this five-day festival. Now, the festival focuses on all forms of arts and crafts of the local region. While visiting Odisha for the dance festival, also pay visit to Chandrabhaga Beach to enjoy the International Sand Art Festival.

Date: February 19th to 23rd of every year

Location: Natamandir (open-air auditorium), inside Konark Temple of Odisha

Unique Attractions and Activities to enjoy during the festival:

  1. Dance and music performances
  2. Temple sculpture exhibition
  3. Sand art exhibition in the beach
  4. Crafts fair

Konark Festival

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