The end of January isn’t the end of celebration. It marks the start of an eventful new year, what a year 2017 is turning out to be! Hold that thought as we have not 1 or 2 but whooping 9 reasons for you to say “boss, I need to take a leave”, this February.

Here are the nine festivals and events to definitely be a part of in the upcoming month.  

The Nagaur Fair

DatesFebruary 1-4, 2017

VenueNagaur, near Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Famously known as the Cattle Fair, the Nagaur Fair welcomes two lakh ten thousand animals including horses, cows, bullocks, oxen and camels for the purpose of trade. Held in the captivating Rajput town of Nagaur it proudly boasts of being the second largest fair in India. With events like tug-of-war, camel and bullock races, cock-fight, there is a lot to see and get excited about. Along with all this there is going to be folk music and dance performances in the evening for you all to enjoy. The 4 days vibrant festival witnesses a huge crowd coming from all walks of life and being a part of the beautiful Rajasthani tradition.

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Ernakulathappan Uthsavom

DatesFebruary 1-8, 2017

VenueErnakulam, Kochi, Kerala

The eight days of festivities consists a parade of 15 splendidly decorated elephants, folk music, and fireworks. There are elephant processions each day along with folk dance and music performances. The best part of the event being the beautiful and colourful fireworks that bring the curtains down to the 8 days festival. A lot of people  visit Kerala to witness this event which is one of the main festivals in South.

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Sula Fest

DatesFebruary 3-5, 2017

VenueNashik, Maharashtra

Save your dates for this one. Sula fest is one of the most awaited and uber cool festivals most of the India awaits for. Indulge yourself in the gourmet food, great drinks, charming merchandise and a plethora of fun-filled activities. EAT. SHOP. DRINK – The Sula fest has something for everyone. Feast on the yummy cuisines from all over the world, shop some cool and funky merchandise or enjoy the elegant drinks like wine along with other amazing beverages. Not Enough?? You can also enjoy foot massages, tattoos, tarot reading, grape stomping, special wine tours and many fun filled activities to round off the event.

Have you always dreamt of spending your night under the magical night sky while breathing in the natural air, surrounded by lush green vineyards? Well, look no further as they have all the things covered.

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Sur Jahan World Peace Music Festival

DateFebruary 3-5, 2017

VenueKolkata

Are you a major music junkie? Is music all that you live for? Then we have a great news for you. Be a part of this amazing festival where reputed international and Indian artists participate for world peace. Aiming to create a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue, an understanding of culture and its diversity, ‘Sur Jahan’, earlier known as ‘Sufi Sutra’, is a great festival to be a part of. Since its inception in 2011, the festival has seen the participation of artists from 21 countries and 12 Indian States.

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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

DateFebruary 4-12, 2017

VenueMumbai

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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is the country’s largest multicultural festival, which draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and the world. A kaleidoscope of music, dance, theater, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture, and heritage walks in the store, it continues to present a melange of arts for the city to savour. Open to all and free of charge every year it draws around 150,000 people from all over the globe. The funds raised here goes towards the restoration and upkeep of the area and several heritage buildings and institutions in the area have benefited from this.

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Adoor Gajamela

DateFebruary 6, 2017

VenueAdoor, Kerala

The ten-day annual celebration held at the Parthasarathy Temple in Adoor has many things to witness, highlight being the elephant pageant. Hundreds of people throng the temple premises to view this spectacle where around nine bedecked tuskers are paraded. Gaja is Sanskrit means elephant and mela means a fair and Adoor Gajamela is, therefore, a fair of elephants. The Adoor Gajamela is celebrated on the last day of the ten-day long annual festival at Sree Parthasarathy temple. Nine majestically caparisoned elephants take part in this spectacular procession which starts from the Parthasarathy Temple and culminates at Chennapatti temple, 3 km from Adoor. Parichamuttukali – a folk art resembling the martial steps, Mayooranritham – Peacock dance, Ammandudam, Velakali – dance symbolic of ancient warfare, etc are performed at the temple during the Ashtamirohini festival.

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

DatesFebruary 8-10, 2017

VenueJaisalmer, Rajasthan

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Love deserts and camels and the beautiful Rajasthani culture? Did you answer yes to all these questions? Then Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is your place to be. Enjoy the cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc. throughout the day. Want more? Attend the contests to judge the man with the best moustache. Everything is exotic in the Desert festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three-day long extravaganza.

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World Sacred Spirit Festival

Dates February 17-19, 2017

VenueJodhpur, Rajasthan

The three-day festival focuses on artists from across the world who make their bodies sacrosanct with language of vocal and physical rhythm. With the venue being the majestic Meherangarh Fort, the whole event blends up well with the whole environment. The fort opens its doors to an extraordinary sacred and historical journey of music. The event is magical as the entire surroundings are lit by candles along with the qawalis, tap dance, poems, Indian classical dance (Kathak) and Robab (a traditional lute musical instrument of Afghanistan), and so much more.

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Goa Carnival

DateFebruary 25-28, 2017

VenueGoa

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Massive celebrations in all the villages and cities all over Goa. The streets are decorated colourful with buntings, flowers, feathers, festoons and so much more. The most exciting part being the crowning of King Momo and the Red & Black ball. There are dancers, entertainers all around the town parading on the streets. It is a festival that has all – food, music, dance and so much more, honouring the Goan culture.  The carnival attracts a large number of tourists as they indulge themselves in drinking, merrymaking and everything fun. Forget that sleep as the festivities throughout the night as well. The “desi” masquerade carnival witnesses some of the best masks and dresses.

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