Baneshwar FestivalThe festival is celebrated in Rajasthan and is dedicated to Lord Shiva; the name too has been derived from him. The tribals gather in the fair to pay their homage to the lord. This fair is popular amongst the Bhills community and is organized at the delta formed by river Som and Mahi.
Devotees visit Baneshwar Mahadev temple and apply saffron to the Shivalinga; in the evening bhabut is applied. There are many rituals that are performed during this festival. Folk dance and music performances, multiple stalls, animal shows, magic shows, acrobatic programs can be witnesses during the fair.
When: 30 Jan 2015 - 3 Feb 2015
Some of the major highlights of the festival are horse racing, professional salsa dancing and international aerial ballet. There will also be live bands performing and playing tributes to Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard and The Beatles.
Where: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai.
Thus, to make the fair interesting, there also are cultural programs and special kids’ zone organized. Every year, the fair has different theme and Goa has been chooses as the theme state for 2015. Additionally, Sri Lanka is the partner nation, thus, visitors can expect variety in handlooms & handicrafts, which will be unique to India.
Where: Surajkund, in the Faridabad district a short distance from South Delhi.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
There also are polo matches, camel races, turban tying competitions, acrobats, the finest facial hair, jugglers and puppeteers featured in the festival.
Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
India International Leather Fair
The fair showcases expansive variety of leather products such as fashion accessories, travel-ware, shoes, gloves, harness, belts, saddler etc. Other than leather products, chemicals, machinery and other equipments can also be found.
When: February 01-3, 2015.
Where: Chennai Trade Center
During the festival, 1-day excursion of Shekhawati which has farm visits and jeep & camel safari as major highlights. Additionally, competitions, fireworks and cultural programs are also organized during the festival.
Where: Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The main location is Nawalgarh.
Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival
Where: Mohar Kunj, Kolkata.
India Surf Festival
The major highlights of the festival are surfing & paddling workshops, eclectic electronic music, yoga sessions and photography workshops.
Where: Ramachandi Beach, Konark, Odisha.
Attakkalari India Biennial FestivalThis is a festival of contemporary dance, digital art and research. Bangalore acts as a platform for the performance of art by different diversities in South Asia.
Attakkalari India Biennial is considered to be South Asia’s largest international contemporary dance and movement arts festival. The lovers of dance must attend this event at least once in their lives.
When: February 6-15, 2015.
Where: Multiple venues in Bangalore, Karnataka.
In the festival, VERO MODA will also be launching their high street, young denim brand ‘Noisy May’. Fashion Show is also another major attribute of the festival.
Where: Nashik, Maharashtra.
The festival also includes various activities such as interactive storytelling events, nature walks, art walks, photography, and nature workshops.
Where: Bangalore, Karnataka.
World Sufi Spirit Festival
In this 6th World Sufi Spirit Festival there will be almost 100 artists participating from India and abroad collectively.
When: February 9-11 and February 13-15, 2015.
Natyanjali Dance festival
When: 11th February 2015 to 17th Feb 2015
Where: Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Tamil Nadu.
There will be more than 50 artists, across all genres, performing in the festival. Enjoy some of the exclusive rock, alternative, pop, world, electronic, classical, and experimental music, complemented with full moon.
Where: Khuri sand dunes, near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Goa Carnival Festival
During the festival, the street comes alive with parades, floats, musical performances and masked dances. The festival culminates with a formal ball dance performance in Panaji, where the dress code is red and black.
When : February 14 - 17, 2015
Where : Goa.
Mahindra Blues Festival
The major highlights of the festivals are The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lil' Ed, Zac Harmon, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, and Blackstratblues and Soulmate, the homegrown talent.
When: February 14 and 15, 2015.
Maha Shivratri Festival
On this day, devotees pray to Lord Shiva to get relief from the cycle of death and rebirth. Various events are organized throughout the day.
Where: Shiva temples all over India.
Taj Mahotsav Festival
There also is spectacular procession held which includes camels, elephants, and drummers. Visitors can also enjoy camel and elephant rides.
When: February 18-27 each year.
Pariyanampetta Pooram Festival
On other days of the festival, there are various highlights such as shadow puppetry, and folk & religious arts.
When: February 19, 2015.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
These performances are held in the Western group of temples, majorly in the Vishwanatha Temple (devoted to Lord Shiva) and Chitragupta Temple (devoted to the Sun God, Surya).
Where: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.
Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Festival
Mime, dance and music combine to make Theyyam so graceful and engaging. There are many forms of Theyyam and Theyyam Festivals, but Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam is amongst the most notable ones.
When: February 23-26, 2015.
Where: Kuttikkol Thampuratty Bhagavathy Temple at Kuttikkol, Kasaragod district of Kerala.
Uthralikavu Pooram Festival
Some of the major highlights of the festival are all night elephant pageantry along with loud traditional drumming.
When: February 24, 2015.
Where: Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Vadakkancherry, Thrissur, Kerala.
Konkan Turtle Festival
In addition to this, visitors can enjoy traditional Indian village life as they can stop over at local home stays in the region.