10 reasons why February is a happening month

February may well have acquired a reputation as the month for romance, but there’s a lot more happening besides Valentine’s Day. Check out these ten events that are sure to make February a fabulous month for you!

1. Kala Ghoda Art Festival (Mumbai, 3-11 February).

Mumbai’s largest multicultural festival is back in an all-new, green avatar! This year’s theme — Hara Ghoda — is a nod to the wonders of nature and sustainable living. The vibrant street festival takes over Mumbai’s famous Kala Ghoda neighbourhood for nine days. There is a lot to choose from: funky art installations, workshops, theatre, music and dance, literature, food and yes, plenty of selfie props. The best part: entry’s free!

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2. VH1 Supersonic (Pune, 9-11 February).

The fifth edition of Vh1 Supersonic boasts of some of the biggest names in the music industry. Headlining sets from Major Lazer, Marshmello and rapper Sean Paul are sure to catch your attention, but wait, there’s more lined up. Incubus, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Alt-J, Dillon Francis, Joseph Capriati, Nucleya, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are just some of the performers at this three-day music fest.

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3. Mahindra Blues Festival (Mumbai, 10-11 February).

If your heart beats to the blues, then Mumbai’s iconic Mehboob Studio is where you should head this weekend. Asia’s largest and finest Blues festival is bringing together British Blues legend John Mayall, vocalist Layla Zoe, guitarist Coco Montoya and New Orleans Bluesman Walter Wolfman Washington. Also catch performances by home-grown talent Blackstratblues and the winners of The Mahindra Blues Band Hunt 2018.

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4. Surajkund Mela (Faridabad, 2-18 February).

Ensure you keep an entire day aside for this because there is loads to do! The Surajkund Mela is said to be the world’s largest crafts fair with over a million visitors every year. Hundreds of artisans showcase India’s finest handicrafts and handmade fabrics. There’s also food, music and dance for when you want to take a break from shopping. Uttar Pradesh has been chosen as the theme state for this year’s event.

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5. Goa Carnival (Goa, 10 – 13 February).

Goa, the land of sun, sea and sand. And then there’s the Carnival! The tiny state is as popular for its beach bum image as it is for this vibrant celebration of the state’s culture. Tourists have been thronging Goa for years to join in the Carnival festivities. A colourful float parade that is held in different cities is the main attraction of the fiesta. The parade is led by King Momo, a mythological character who is believed to rule the state during carnival time. Make sure you reach nice and early to get a good vantage point.

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6. Indian Art Fair (New Delhi, 10 – 12 Feb).

Art lovers need no excuse to congregate at this fair, which is in its tenth year now. The fair is one of the largest art exhibitions, and celebrates art in its various forms. On display are paintings, contemporary art, performance art, sculptures, and much more. The focus this year is on South Asian galleries. The India Art Fair 2018 will provide visitors access to South Asia’s cultural wealth and debuts a dedicated space for large-scale installations.

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7. Taj Mahotsav (Agra, 18 – 27 February).

This ten-day festival is held near the Taj Mahal and celebrates India’s diversity in arts and crafts. Whether it is wood carvings from Tamil Nadu or cane work from North East India, visitors can browse through and buy a range of interesting traditional handicrafts. Folk performances and traditional cuisines will be part of the Mahotsav.

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8. Udyanotsav (Rashtrapati Bhavan, 6 February – 9 March).

The annual Udyanotsav at the Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhavan is a flower show at its best. If you love flowers, then don’t miss this floral extravaganza. The gardens are situated behind the President’s residence in the capital and incorporate both Mughal and English landscaping styles. The Mughal Gardens are known as one of the best rose gardens in the world with more than 250 varieties, including some rare ones. The main attraction for this year’s show is around 10,000 tulips in varying shades of white and yellow.
Ps. Looking for an offbeat V-Day plan? Why not visit this floral fest?

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9. Losar (Ladakh, 16 – 18 February).

Celebrations for Losar or the Tibetan New Year are most popular in Ladakh. Dance performances and Metho — a procession of fire to welcome the new year — are the iconic events of this festival. The festival is also celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

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10. Khajuraho Dance Festival (Khajuraho, 20 – 26 February).

The ancient temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh provide a magnificent backdrop for a celebration of dance. The Khajuraho Dance Festival has been an annual fixture since 1975. It showcases classical dance forms from across the country. The festival is a treat for history buffs. Entry is free. Head for Khajuraho and watch history come alive!

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