Amazing December Festivals- India

This is the last month of 2014, and even though the year is winding up, the festivities are nowhere near winding down. Here are 10 full-filled festivals from around the world. So, if you’re planning a holiday this month, why not time it accordingly.

    1. KONARK DANCE FESTIVAL, ODISHA, 1-5 DECEMBER

The annual Konark Dance Festival is held with the backdrop of the famous Sun temple. The exquisite ‘Salamander’ or the          ‘dancing hall’ of this shrine is an architectural wonder. Thousands of tourists and dance and music lovers from across the            world come to attend this spellbinding festival that not only features some of the best names in the industry, but the                      ambiance created by the setting transports the audience to a parallel universe. While there, spend your days exploring                  Konark and the neighbouring sites, and evenings at the festival itself.

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2. HORNBILL FESTIVAL, KISAMA HERITAGE VILLAGE, NAGALAND, 1-10 DECEMBER

The unique Hornbill Festival, named after the bird, is a great show of the finest Indian tribes. Held in Kisama, which is close to the capital Kohima, the festival is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of the region. It features traditional arts, dances, folk songs, games and music concerts in the evenings. Local handicrafts are also on sale during the festival.

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3. Rann Utsav Dhordo Kutchh Gujarat

This desert festival highlights the vibrant culture and heritage of the Kutchh region of Gujarat. Over the years, thousands of tourists from across the world flock to savour the sights and sounds of the western-most state, while standing audience to the captivating sight of the white desert under the full-moon night.

During the festival, the days are filled with folk dances and music, adventure sports, handicrafts, food stalls and excursions to surrounding destinations, while you spend the night soaking in the great Rann and relaxing in the numerous luxury tents and resorts around the area.

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4. Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a contemporary art exhibition that started in 2012-13. This year, there will be over 95 artists from 30-odd counties, spread over 11 venues, including existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures.

In its second edition, the Biennale has become a major attraction for tourists and art lovers alike. When you’re not walking through the various artworks, take the time out to explore the city — especially the Fort Kochi area, which is peppered with wonderful cafés and restaurants serving world cuisine.

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5. Christmas-Worldwide

Not many need an introduction to this festival which is celebrated with equal pomp and show across the world. Marking the birth of Jesus Christ, Chirstmas is the most important festival for Christians. If you’re fond of adventure, try your luck with the northern lights.

If you’re a bit more traditional, then sit beside a warm fire and a gift-laden tree with your family and friends, singing Christmas carols.

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6. New Year’s Eve- Worldwide

This brings us to the last festival of this year — and unarguably the biggest — New Year’s Eve celebrations for 2014. Whether it’s the dropping of the ball in New York City’s Time Square or standing around Big Ben in London waiting for the clock to strike 12, New Year’s Eve is traditionally the most party-frenzy day of the year…and why not, it’s the last day of the year! So, party on and travel!

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