February Events

Fairs / Festivals January 2017
Month Festival Place
February 1, 2017 Vasant Panchami North India
February 01 to 28, 2017 Elephanta Festival Mumbai
February 01 to 15, 2017 Surajkund Crafts Mela Haryana
February 8 to 10, 2017 Desert Festival Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
February 18 to 27, 2017 Taj Mahotsav Agra, Uttar Pradesh
February 25,, 2017 Maha Shivaratri All India
February 25, 2017 Deccan Festival Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
February 26, 2017 Khajuraho Dance Festival Bundelkhand,
Madhya Pradesh
February 25 to 28, 2017 Goa Carnival Goa


India is an epitome of resplendent festivals and fairs – where the hues of festivity never lose its charm! From enjoying the pleasant winter weather for sightseeing to diverse festivals and fairs, the month of February in India offers an exciting spectacle of celebrations and exquisite getaways to the visitors.

Here take a look at the festivals and fairs that are celebrated in the month of February in India every year – reflecting the traditional gaiety and zest of its people.

Vasant Panchami:

When: 01 February, 2017

One of the most auspicious Hindu festivals, Vasant Panchami heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. The festival is celebrated on a huge scale in magh, which according to the Gregorian calendar occurs between January and February. People on this day worship Goddess Sarasvati and the color yellow, which signifies nature's brilliance, marks the festival. People wear yellow clothes, yellow flowers are offered to the Gods and yellow mustard flowers bloom on the fields. People relish on a delicious dessert kesar halwa which is prepared from a number of assortments such as flour, cardamom powder, nuts and sugar. This year, Vasant Panchami will be observed on February 1.

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Elephanta Festival, Mumbai:

When: 01 to 28 February, 2017

Elephanta Festival, Mumbai: The festival is conducted ever year under the patronage of Maharashtra Tourism in association with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to pay tribute to the living heritage of classical music and dance forms as well as to popularize Indian art forms. The festival is celebrated annually at the world-renowned Elephanta Caves across Mumbai waterfront – a desired destination for culture enthusiasts! Aesthetically decked up stage, magnificently lit up Maheshmurti cave, melodius tunes of 'Koli' fisher folks, Gemini boats for ferry give delight to the senses. And, for food buffs! The most exotic and mouth-watering delicacies of Maharashtra and that too, at affordable prices!

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Surajkund Crafts Mela

When: 1 to 15 February, 2017

Surajkund Crafts Mela, Haryana: Surajkund Crafts Mela is a peculiar festival held from 1 to 15 February. It celebrates the unique melange of Indian culture and traditions in an ambience to showcase the quintessence of our typical rural India. Splash of colours, joy de-vivre and rhythm of drum beats fuse and blend at the crafts mela of Faridabad, Haryana. More than 400 dexterous artisans from across the country exhibit the rich handicrafts, handlooms and handmade fabrics merged with ethnic colours to give a fascinating and eye-catching display to the visitors! Consider yourself blessed if you get to tap your feet with the beats of the captivating classical dancers who come from all over the country. For aesthetic delight, offer yourself to evening fete organized at al fresco theatre!

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Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan:

When: 08 to 10 February, 2017

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: Three-day extravaganza of Jaisalmer desert festival, starts off with a truly magical morning cavalcade – showcasing the culture and lifestyle of the desert from Sonar Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The festival, which is held every year in February, you can experience hosts of cultural programs, turban tying competitions and parade of camels. Not invigorating enough! Attend the shows to judge the man with the longest moustache, including Mr. Desert. Everything is at its magical best and events, like Camel decorating, Rajasthani folk concert under the stars in the Sam sand dunes will keep you amused for hours!

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Taj Mahotsav

When: 18 to 27 February, 2017

Taj Mahotsav, Agra, Uttar Pradesh: Whether it is beholded in the first gleam of the rising sun, viewed against the molten twilight or soaked in the moon light, the epitome of beauty and grandeur – Taj Mahal arouses a universal sense of oneness and empathy in everyone! This charismatic romance of the monument is brilliantly reflected in a 10-day spectacle of art, culture, craft and cuisine, called the Taj Mahotsav. The carnival starts every year on 18 February in Shilpgram and proudly unveils a plethora of folk music, shayari and soul-stirring dance performances as well as camel and elephant rides, food festival and games. So make sure to experience this unforgettable and much-awaited Taj Mahotsav!

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Mahashivratri:

When: 7th March, 2017

Mahashivratri:Shiv Ratri is celebrated all over India to venerate Lord Shiva. It is believed that on this night Lord Shiva had performed the Tandava, the cosmic dance of the cycle of creation, preservation, and destruction.

Celebrations: Devotees fast through the day and the festivities begin in the night as vigil is kept to the backdrop of Vedic chants. People break their fast after offering the Shivling milk, five kinds of fruits and flowers. In Bengal it is believed that if an unmarried girl fasts for Shiv Ratri, she will win a husband as honourable as Lord Shiva.

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Deccan Festival, Hyderabad

When: 25 February, 2017

Deccan Festival, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh: Considered the most enjoyable and striking of all the festivals in Hyderabad, the Deccan Festival every year with its splash of music, colors and fairs grace the city and the whole atmosphere comes alive! It is a five-day festival held from February 20 bringing in a breath of fresh air with the performances of qawwalis, ghazals and mushairas (poetry recitals). Do you know what are the other attractions that completely spellbind the female visitors? These are the multi-hued bangles as well as lustrous and gleaming pearls in every variety!

Khajuraho Dance Festival

When: 26 February, 2017

Khajuraho Dance Festival, Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh: The famous dance festival is celebrated at a time when the chilling winter weather subsides and spring, takes over! The festival is usually celebrated from 25 February to 2 March. It is a week-long spectacle that proudly showcases the grandeur of the various colorful classical dance forms, such as Kathak, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri and others. Watching these myriad dance forms, truly offer a feast to the eyes!

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Goa Carnival:

When: 25 to 28 February, 2017

Goa Carnival: If you think merry making and jubilation are over with December last year, then get charged as it's not going to end so early! For Goa Carnival 2016 is here. A four-day gala festival will kick start from 14 Feb 2016 and will continue till 17 Feb 2016. The much-awaited Goa Carnival promises to sweep you off with its charisma and hedonistic feasts! It is a time when stimulating musical cavalcades and opulent floats gift Goa a renewed life.. so jazzy and so lively! With music swings, fireworks, live performances and fortune tellers – the hues of Goa come out in wondrous swagger and people hop around with masks on in joyous mood!

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Garden Festival, Delhi:

When: February, 2017

Garden Festival, Delhi: Every year in the month of February at the Garden of Five senses in Saket, Delhi a spectacular flower festival is organized. The Garden Festival organized by Delhi Tourism features a vast range of exotic flowers and plants. Hence, drawing excitement and interests from flower enthusiasts and garden loving fraternity. Imagine a bright-coloured bed of flowers and air that smells of tantalizing fragrance! Isn't it irresistible? So come and enjoy the incredible exhibition of garden blossoming with flowers and bursting with colours! Besides, also get in to enjoy the painting competitions, thematic cultural events and art camp for aspiring artists!