five Winter Festivals to Attend in India


India modifications just about every 50 kilometres and so do the cultural practices. In a nation with such diversity, attending the different festivals is an irresistible notion, in particular when the climate is on our side.

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

The introverted state of Nagaland comes to reside in the very first week of December. Travellers from across the function pay a visit to Kisama to witness week-extended standard dance performances, archery and other sports, and arts and crafts from the state. The Indian Hornbill is a aspect of the tribal Naga folklore which lends its name to the festival. The festival displays nearby craftsmanship such as the bead jewellery, wood cravings, paintings, although serving some experimental Naga cuisine in the meals stalls.

Dates: December 1 till 10, 2018.
Place: Kisama, 12 km away from Kohima.

Study about my travel to Arunachal Pradesh right here. 

Winter Festival at Mount Abu, Rajasthan

The annual Winter Festival held in the final week of December in the wonderful hill station of Mount Abu. A quantity of colourful activities like kite flying, fairs and concerts and vibrant fireworks entice guests to this fest. It also incorporates exhibitions and dance performances. The festival sees a great contribution from nearby folk artistes who execute in the occasion. Usually held for 3 days, it commences with a procession at Nakki Lake Chowk.

Dates: December 29 to 31, 2018.
Place: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

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A standard day in Mount Abu. Photo courtesy: Selmer van Alten/Flick CC.

Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh

At Khajuraho Dance Festival, elegance comes to life with the historical temple as a backdrop. Comprising a quantity of classical performances from Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Odissi, Kathak and Kuchipudi dance types, this festival hosts the most celebrated dancers from across the nation. The festival has observed artistes like Geeta Chandran (Bharatanatyam), Aruna Mohanty and Troupe (Odissi) and Preeti Patel and Troupe (Manipuri).

Dates: February 18-24, 2019.
Place: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Get a snippet of Rancha village in Madhya Pradesh from my experiences right here. 

Rann Utsav, Gujarat

Rann Utsav is spread more than 3 months, just about every winter. For the duration of this time, complete moon nights are scheduled with particular performances, celebrations and activities. Guests are anticipated to keep in tents on web-site, the Rann of Kutch. For the duration of this period, this aspect of the western state is colloquially referred to as ‘the tent city’. Each year, Rann Utsav grows additional adventurous. This year there are outside sports like paramotoring and ATV (All-terrain Automobile) for the thrill-seekers. Other individuals can unwind with leisure activities like star gazing or a game of chess. The major concentrate of the festival, even so, remains on vibrant music and dance performances, and creations by nearby artistes (artwork and crafts).

Dates: November 2018 to February 2019.
Place: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.

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Tents in Rann of Kutch. Photo courtesy: Kaushik Patel/Flickr CC.

Goa Carnaval

Goa Carnaval or Carnival is a loud celebration parading across the streets of Goa. The festival is commonly held ahead of Lent and celebrates life, laugh and harmony. The parade, which passes by means of Mapusa, Panjim and Madgaon, have people today dressed in fancy costumes, sport flamboyant masquerades and dance to lively music. This gala show is simultaneously supported by a quantity of events, such as contest, gigs and cooking competitions. Exclusive to Goa, this festival is not celebrated anyplace else in the nation.

Dates: March two-five, 2019.
Place: Across Goa.

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Across the state marking the major occasion.

Get a detailed guide to Goa Carnaval right here. 

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Amrita Das

Amrita is a freelance travel writer and skilled travel blogger. She has been contributing to some of the best publications in India and internationally. She propagates female solo travel and shares her experiences from off-beat, culture and adventure travel by means of her writing.

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