Are you an art lover? Do you love great design and architecture? Do you want to have fun? If your answer to all these questions was yes, we might have some exciting news for you.
As you already know, until the end of this week we will be taking you on a journey of discovery through India with us. Whether you live in India, or are just passing by, you have probably come across the question “but, what should I do now?” on a Saturday afternoon. So, if you’re in for a couple of suggestions, we’re here tell you exactly what to do in India in 2018, and where, and when!
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Festivals and Events
India Design ID
Hosted in Delhi – that’s cut out to be the next big design center in the world -, India Design ID is the biggest design event in the country. Its main goal is to take both design and architecture-related themes to the masses and make them more accessible to everyone. Every February, thousands of brands get together to celebrate design and engage in though-provoking discussions about product design, urban development, interior design, amongst others.
Probably the most colorful day in Northern India, Holi Festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. Also known as Festival of Colors, Holi is celebrated every March, after the first full moon of the month. This year, the celebration falls on March 1st, and festivities will last for a whole full day!
You can learn everything you want to know about Holi Festival here!
We have talked about Srinagar in one of our posts before, but now you also get to know that an amazing festival takes place there every year. We are talking about the Tulip Festival! The Tulip Festival in Kashmir usually lasts 15 days, and celebrates the blooming season of these colorful flowers, painting a breathtaking view over the mountains and Dal lake.
Diwali is India’s most important festivals of the year. Also known as Festival of Lights, Diwali – or Dipawali – this holiday is as important for the Indian culture, as Christmas is to Christians. Diwali brings a different meaning throughout the country, with northerners celebrating the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps, and southerners celebrating it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
Diwali festival lasts for five days, and it is very common to see the typical Diwali lights all over the cities, with people lighting the outside of their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them against spiritual darkness.
In 2018, Diwali will fall on November 7th, so don’t miss it!
Unlike India Design ID, IIFF has its main focus set on furniture. It is literally India’s biggest International Furniture Fair, and it happens in Mumbai every year in November. If you’re a design lover, then this might be worth a visit. You will get to see thousands of worlwide brands, as IIFF will give you the chance to make business in a more relaxed environment that you might be used to in other furniture fairs.
This year, IIFF will happen between the 22nd and the 24th of November, at The Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, just 15 minutes away from Mumbai Airport!
If you are planning on staying a few more days after the events are over, here are some more general ideas on what to do in India!
Take a stroll down Delhi’s Design District
Photo © Getty
A classic: visit Taj Mahal
See Jaipur’s City Palace
Fall in love with Gir National Park
Photo © Hotel Green Park
Finish your trip at the Kailasa Temple
Photo © Chinmaya Panda – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
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