The Indian festival calendar: February 2016

Here’s what February has in store

In a country so rich in culture and theme, every festival celebrated here is a sight to behold. And when talking about India’s many festivals, what comes to mind is poet Rabindranath Tagore’s famous line, “You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed”. Here’s what February has in store.

Surajkund International Crafts Mela

When: February 1 – February 14

The 30th edition kicked off on 1 February, 2016 and there are artists from over 20 countries participating this time. Bid adieu to the winter months with the Suraj Kund Craft Mela held in the outskirts of Delhi (Faridabad). Each year, a particular state leads the way for the many crafts of the nation. This year, Sri Lanka has partnered with the event to showcase some of the craft gems of the country. The large mela grounds are filled with craft and food stalls, perfect for a wintery afternoon.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF)

When: 6 February – 14 February, 2016

Mumbai’s signature arts event for many years, Kala Ghoda is one of the most sought after events of the year. The Kala Ghoda area near Fort comes alive with craft bazaars, art by amateurs and well-known artists, workshops and heritage walks.

Sula Fest

When: 6 February – 7 February, 2016

Wine and travel connoisseurs head to Nashik, the land of lush vineyards and music, in early February. Sula Vineyards celebrates the love of good food, accompanied by Indian wine. The two-day festival is where you should be if you’re looking for a contemporary retreat with friends. Besides there’s fashion shows, musical performances and wine tasting keep you busy.

World Sacred Spirit Festival

When: 22 to 24 February in Nagaur; 26 to 28 February in Jodhpur

Sway to the Sufi sounds from East Asia, Africa and India as Nagaur and Jodhpur bring the mystical sounds to you this February.  More than 100 performers take to the state in the backdrop of Rajasthan to take you through a spiritual journey. Book ahead as Rajasthan is one of the busiest destinations in India during this period.

Text by: Supriya Sehgal

*Dates and times of festivals/events are subject to change by respective organisers.


AUTHOR'S BIO: Willingly lost in off the beaten track villages in India, sharing a million cups of tea with strangers and surviving on a healthy dose of anecdotes from locals, fills up at least 200 days of the year for Supriya. Her vagabondish travels have ended up in contribution to more than 20 Lonely Planet Guidebooks. Her experiences on the road end up as features in leading national and international magazines and newspapers. Follow her on @supsonthemove.More on: