Indian Festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals add to the colours of Indian Heritage. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of saints and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion

February (Magh/ Phalgun):

February brings us to another month of vibrant and colorful chain of fairs and festivals. Beginning with the Surajkund Crafts Mela, February gives way to a fifteen day long celebration altogether. The Alwar Festival from February 13th to February 15th, will be a complete entertainment package with camel races, puppeteers, mustache matches, turban tying competitions and what not.

Shekhawati Festival from February 12th to 15th is a great opportunity to peep into the cultural expanse of Rajasthan and its people. This month, a week-long Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a crowd puller for creative minds and so is the Taj Mahotsav which is starting from the 18th of February.

Dance and Music lovers won't be disappointed at all as two great dance festivals - Konark Dance Festival and Khajuraho Dance Festival - are scheduled for this month itself. Also, the world renowned Jaisalmer Desert Festival from 17th February will be a complete entertainment package witnessing processions of traditional artists and performers from all round the Rajasthan.

February hosts the auspicious Vasant Panchami which marks the beginning of Vasant Ritu. On this day Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in various names - the Goddess of Learning, the deity of Gayatri, the fountain of fine arts and science, and the symbol of supreme vedantic knowledge. People from all corners of the world will gather to take holy baths at the Ganges on the auspicious days of Kumbha Sankranti and Magha Purnima. Auspicious days of Ratha Saptami, Bhishma Ashtami, Jaya Ekadashi, Agni Utsav are also a part of this month. Shivaji Jayanti has special significance for Maharashtrians who every year celebrate his birthday both on February 19th and on Phalgun Krishna.

Well, how can we forget, February is the month of celebrating love! And it's the Valentine's Day and the week long celebration prior to it, that makes all the young and old hearts throb every time it arrives!

Some other important festivals falling this month are Karaga Festival, Losar Festival and Pariyanampetta Pooram.

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