December is like the Saturday of the months, something you look forward to all year long. Pleasant weather, a hot beverage on cold mornings, end-of-the-year sales, cuddling in your blanket, Christmas, and what's there to not love about the last month of the year? December is also the month of celebrations, and there's something in store for everybody. Some festivals and events are culturally augmented, colourful, and lively and give an opportunity for families to get together and make merry.
Here's a list of festivals and events in India you wouldn't want to miss this December:
1. Rann Utsav (Kutch)
When you look over the horizon at Rann of Kutch, the salty white sand merges with deep blue open sky and creates one of the most breathtaking scenery you would ever come across in life. The Rann Utsav celebrates life. There's folk music, folk dances, shopping (local handcrafted goods), and more. You will be surrounded with culture from every direction at the festival. To top this experience, there are luxurious tents to spend the night in the white coloured desert.
When: November 1, 2018, to February 20, 2019 Where: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat For more information: www.rannutsav.com
2. Magnetic Fields (Rajasthan)
Music festivals seem like a thing for Goa but Rajasthan has been contributing to India's festival scene competently, and Magnetic Fields is one of them. Held at a 17th-century fort in Alsisar (Rajasthan), this extravaganza music festival involves future-facing music from India and all across the globe. The festival presents new and fresh music concepts and experiences for the new age concert goers. Enjoy great music and hog on food and drinks in this 3-day event with an excellent line up of international artists including Daphni, Bicep, Midland, and Joy Orbison.
When: 14th December to 16th December 2018 Where: Alsisar, Rajasthan For more information: www.magneticfields.in
3. Hot Air Balloon Festival (Karnataka)
Hosted in parts of Hampi, Mysore, and Bidar at the same time, the Hot Air Balloon festival involves swinging with the wind in a clear blue winter sky. This delightful hot air balloon ride not only gives a bird's eye view of heritage sites of Karnataka but also sails through the jungles of Karnataka, amidst the rich natural beauty with the backdrop of the vermillion setting sun. Looking at brightly coloured hot air balloons from the ground moving swiftly in the sky is a treat for the eyes. This is a 4-day event hosted by Karnataka tourism to promote aero sports in the state.
When: The whole month of December Where: Hampi, Mysore, and Bidar
4. Serendipity Arts Festival (Goa)
The Serendipity Arts Festival is a unique festival which sets itself apart by uniting the creative disciplines and showcasing visual, performative and culinary art practices. Founded in 2016 with an aim to foster the development of the underdog and growing art communities across the nation, the festival maintains its depth and rigour by making arts easily accessible, inclusive, and highly educational. More than 90 projects will be presented in a week starting 15th December 2018.
When: 15th December to 22nd December 2018 Where: Panjim, Goa For more information: www.serendipityartsfestival.com
5. The Tamara Carnival (Coorg)
Nestled in the charming hill station Coorg, The Tamara Carnival is a one of a kind 10-day festival which celebrates life and culture and how. With a great line up of spectacular performances - Jazz music, Latin dance, folk music, magic shows, local delicacies, stargazing under the clear sky, and more, the fest provides an exclusive experience for all art lovers. The Tamara Carnival will make sure you enter the new year with a bang!
When: 22nd December to 31st December 2018 Where: The Tamara Coorg, Kodagu, Karnataka For more information: www.thetamaracarnival.com
6. Poush Mela (Santiniketan)
Santiniketan's Poush Mela is a vibrant and colourful carnival of the rural population. The Mela which is attended by millions of tourists from across the globe is celebrated with great excitement and joy. Celebrated on the 7th day of the Bengali month Poush, the Mela brings out the true essence of Bengali culture. Different cultures from different parts of the country come together and rejoice here. The carnival comes to life together with talented Baul musicians, local village artists, and tribal dancers, local village artists.
When: 24th to 26th December Where: Santiniketan, Birbhum district, West Bengal
7. Madras Music Season (Chennai)
With over 2000 performances of classical dance, drama, music, lectures, discussions, spiritual discourse, and more, the Madras Music Festival is a celebration of classical South India. The festival involves performances by renowned artists from all over the country and also allows promising, young and budding artists to display their talent. This cultural fiesta involves Bharat Natyam, violin recitals, classical vocals, among others.
When: 15th December to 31st December 2018 Where: Several venues in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
These festivals are culturally enriching and will surely leave you in high spirits. So get out of that comfy blanket, put on your favourite winter jacket and make the most of your December before 2018 ends.