Amazing Festivals of India – February

by admin on February 9, 2011

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Crafts Mela at SurajKund - Shopper's Delight

Crafts Mela at SurajKund - Shopper's Delight

Surajkund Crafts Mela (February): If you want to witness the culture and heritage of India then the Surajkund Crafts Mela (Mela means a Fair) is an experience in itself. It is one of the Largest Craft Fairs in India which attracts a large number of visitors from all over. This fair is held in the Surajkund District of Haryana from the 1st-15th February every year. This famous Mela began in 1981 and since then every year craftsmen from all over India come and display some amazing handicrafts and handlooms which is definitely worth a watch and be astounded as to how much patience and talent these craftsmen have. Another nice thing about this Mela is that you can try different cuisines from all over India and that to beneath thatched roofs. Handicrafts of some of the States showcased at the Surajkund Crafts Mela are:

 

• Banjara and Bunny Embroidery of Gujarat
• Phulkari embroidery of Punjab
• Lace and crochet from Goa
• Sandalwood and rosewood carving of South India
• Kantha work of West Bengal and North Eastern states
• Chikan work of Lucknow
• Chikri woodcraft of Kashmir

This festival of India is highlighted by the special Natyashala folk dances and musical evenings, organized at the open-air theatre.So go ahead and enjoy every bit of the Surajkund Crafts Mela and Happy Shopping, Lots of Eating and Exploring!

Basant Panchami - Flowers Bloom

Basant Panchami - Flowers Bloom - Photo Courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeyworld/

Basant Panchami (Febuary): It is a Festival of India where everyone gets together and offers Prayers to Goddess Saraswati, who is the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Music. Many people who have a beautiful voice or who are extremely intelligent they often hear the older generation saying that you have the presence of Saraswati in your voice and in the mind and that’s why you can sing so beautifully and that you are really intelligent. You will come across many people wearing Yellow Clothes and eating sweets which are yellow in color. Wondering Why? Let’s put it this way-When you think of Spring and imagine all the colorful flowers and the beauty many people would think of a bright color like yellow and then what better way to Welcome the Spring and Bid Farewell to the Cold Winters.

 

Basant means that the cold winters are over and that now is the time to welcome the summers or let’s make ourselves feel better and say that it is the Welcoming of the Spring!

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