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.
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.