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Mercy Jacob Jan 06 2014

Which are the famous events and festivals happening in February 2014?

Jigyasha Prasad Jan 07 2014
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So, it is that time of the year when spring is round the corner and the winter chill starts making way for flower and sunshine. No wonder the month of February means festivities and that is why there are a number of events and festivals in India that happen in this month. Come and take a look at some popular ones:

Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai:

Welcome to the famous Kala Ghoda Art Festival, which is like a one nice platform for film, art, visual art and music enthusiasts. With a number of photography & art exhibitions as well as workshops taking place all day long, people from Mumbai and all parts of India flock here to be a part of this splendid event. This year, the 9-day festival is starting from 1st Feb to 9th Feb, 2014 and there are various venues which are dedicated to specific events and performances during the festivities. With so much happening under its roof, it is actually a melting point where different ideas and cultures come together to form an unforgettable experience.

Photo of a performance at Kala Ghoda Art Festival (by Unlisted Sightings)

Date: 1st February to 9th February, 2014
Venue: Mumbai (Several Venues like Rampart Row, David Sassoon Library, Horniman Circle Garden, Asiatic Library Steps and others)
Entry: Free

Winter Olympics, Russia

The 22nd Winter Olympics is all set to take place in Russia this year. A total of 98 events in 15 different disciplines will be held in Sochi and the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. To name a few, Figure skating, Ice skating, Short Track Speed skating, Curling, Ice Hockey, Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh will make it to the events list. A huge anticipation is building up as Russia gears up for hosting its first Olympic games. The mascots for 2014 Olympic Winter Games are the Polar Bear, the European Hare and the Amur Leopard.

Photo of 2014 Winter Olympic mascots (by Official Website)

Date: 7th to 23rd February 2014
Venue: Sochi, Russia
Website: http://www.sochi2014.com/en

Taj Mahotsav, Agra

Heard a lot about this globally famous festival which is celebrated with much ardor in Agra and always wanted to be a part of it? Well, here is a chance to fulfill your dream as Taj Mahotsav, the 10-day festival, is going to be held in the next month only (February!!). It is that perfect opportunity for people who want to know and experience the local culture and rich history of Agra. Here you will get a chance to shop for some exquisite local handicrafts or ride on beautifully painted elephants. Also, be a part of the majestic local dance and song shows along with other amazing performances with the backdrop of Taj Mahal, one of the popular attractions in Agra.

Photo of a performance during Taj Mahotsav (by theogeo)

Date: 18th February to 27th February, 2014
Venue: At Shilpgram, near the Eastern gate of Taj Mahal, Agra
Entry: INR 20 for Adults (No fee for Kids below 13 years of age)

Valentine’s Day, Paris

Could there be a more perfect place to be than Paris for Valentine’s Day? This beautiful city has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable rendez-vous that fits any couple’s definition of romance. A romantic dinner cruise on the Seine, a prestigious evening at the Eiffel Tower or an exceptional dinner and show at the Lido, Paris has a lot to offer to lovebirds. The Ponts des Arts, the nine-arch metallic footbridge is a destination for couples wishing to memorialize their love. Lovers from near and far visit the bridge to attach padlocks emblazoned with initials and messages before throwing the locks' keys into the Seine below. For more such romantic places, check out this list for popular Valentine’s day destinations or visit this link for more information on offbeat destinations for Valentine’s Day in 2014.

Photo of Eiffel Tower by night (by Glenn Scarborough)

Date: 14th February,2014

Venue: Paris, France

Rio Carnival, Brazil

Touted as the biggest annual festival across the globe, Rio Carnival promises unlimited doses of fun, excitement and awesome performances for its guests. Held every year before Lent, the carnival is filled with floats, adornments and revelers from various local Samba schools where every school has their own group of fabulous Samba dancers. Each group has a particular theme attached to it and the dancers try to include that in their performances. Then there are a world of colorful street festivals which symbolize extravagance, music and dancing to the hilt. Towards the end of celebrations, there is a winner's parade that happens on Saturday and it is equally worth watching. With so much to explore and experience here, its time to let your hair down and enjoy this visual feast in Rio!

Photo of Photo of Rio Carnival (by Alan Betensley)

Storm Festival, Karnataka

Attention music lovers and adventure enthusiasts! The popular and happening Storm Festival is one such perfect event where you can attain music nirvana at its best. The 3-day festival (3-nights and 2 days camp festival) is based on the concept of camping out in the serene hills of Karnataka, while you enjoy some fabulous music by your favorite artist. It features performances by top DJs and renowned artists from across the globe. The entire set-up is eco-friendly (it will particularly appeal to the nature enthusiasts) and set in the lush verdant greenery which is a visual treat in itself. Last year it was organised at Coorg, one of the famous cities in Karantaka and this year it is going to be held at Corporate Leisure City at Gonighattapura village, Bangalore, starting from 31st January, 2014 till 2nd Feb.

Photo of Storm Festival, 2013 (by Official Website)

Date: 31st January to 2nd February
Venue: Gonighattapura village, Bangalore
Entry Fee: INR 4000 for per person (Festival ticket: INR 2500 + Camping for 3 Nights/2 Days: 1500)

Deccan Festival, Hyderabad

Deccan Festival in Hyderabad is one annual celebration where the participants can indulge themselves in some nice music sessions, including Qawwalis, Ghazals and Mushairas. The rhythms and beats of this popular event make the entire city come alive with the festive feel. This 5-day festival (25th Feb-1st March) is organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and you will be happy to see a lot of renowned artists who are invited here to showcase their talent. Once here, walk around to enjoy the famous art and culture of Hyderabad and also make your pick from an impressive range of local cuisines. It witnesses the legendary artists from every part of the globe who flock here to be a part of this splendid event. If you are a shopaholic, you can head to the fair to shop for pearls, accessories and jewellery. Also, check out other famous events and festivals in Hyderabad.

Date: 25th Februray to 1st March, 2014
Venue: Multiple Venues in Hyderabad

Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan

Welcome to Jaisalmer Desert Festival, the 3-day long celebrations of music and dance performances, unique competitions like a 'turban-tying' contest, 'best moustache contest and Mr Desert Contest and some amazing performances. It is hosted and organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and is wonderful opportunity to experience all things related to Rajasthan. In addition to the soul-touching music, mesmerising cultural performances and lip-smacking food, there are camel polo and rides, camel tug of war and larger than life processions. And everything is organized against the imposing backdrop of Jaisalmer Fort, one of the famous places to visit in town. Needless to say, the entire city comes alive during the festive time. You can also check out a lot of other popular events and festivals in Jaisalmer.

Date: 12th February to 14th February, 2014
Venue: Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Photo of a Rajasthani musical performance (by rajkumar1220)

World Book Fair, New Delhi

Attention book lovers! Happening in the month of February, the grand World Book Fair is a major draw for people who love books like anything. Often known as “Book Capital of India”, Delhi hosts the World Book Fair with much gusto at the famous Pragati Maidan, one of the many attractions of Delhi. It is also the oldest book fair in the country and once here you will see that countless bookworms stream into the venue to make it a huge success every season. This biannual festival is the world’s second largest book exhibition event and has registered the participation of some 23 countries together!

Date: 15th-23rd February, 2014
Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Time: Everyday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free

Photo of World Book Fair, Delhi (by Official Website)

Surajkund Craft Mela, Faridabad (Haryana)

The grandest craft exhibition in Haryana is here again. One of the famous events and festivals in February, it got started in the year 1981 by the Haryana Tourism and this year it is all set to welcome you from 1st to 15th February in Faridabad. The fair is actually a visual treat which boasts of a great range of handicrafts from every part of the country and it now sees global participation as well. You can plan an entire day here which is going to be filled with cultural extravaganza and take a walk along the historic Surajkund, a reservoir built in the 10th century by Suraj Pal of the Tomar dynasty, located amidst the Aravalli Hills. However, if you are planning to shop here, don’t try bargaining here as most of the items have fixed prices.

Date: 1st-15th February
Venue: Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana
Time: Everyday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
Entry Fee: INR 50 per person

Khajuraho Dance Festival, Khajuraho

The mesmerising and splendid Khajuraho Dance Festival is one such platform where you can witness some spellbound performances given by young talents and maestros of Indian classic dance. A lyrical tribute to the Gods and Goddesses enshrined in the temples as well as a celebration of the richness of Indian classical dance forms. As you experience the majestic performances set against the backdrop of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, illuminated by the golden glow of the lamps, you will find yourself captivated in this moment of surrealism where the dancing images immortalised in the temple stone seem to come to life and dance in harmony with the classical dancers. No wonder, a lot of music and dance lovers flock to Khajuraho to be a part of this famous event.

Date: 20th-26th February, 2014
Venue: Khujraho Group of temples, Khujraho
Timings: Everyday: 7:00 PM onwards
Entry Fee: Seasonal Ticket - INR 600; Daily - INR 100, INR 50, INR 20; Cameras INR 100 per day

Photo of a Dance Performance (by Edachira)

And yes! this is also the time of the year to fall in love all over again. Be it some of the famous destinations or some of the more offbeat places to visit; do make sure to take your lovely partner for a vacation this year. Do send us some pictures and share your experiences with us.

With so much to explore, experience and savour in the cheerful month of February, rest be assured that your are going to have a memorable experience visiting any one of the festivals.

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