Magnetic Fields, Winterfest, Junkanoo Parade: The best events to bookmark this winter
Tracing its roots to the music, dance and spectacle of West Africa, Junkanoo is one of the oldest surviving street festivals in the Caribbean.
MEN’S HOCKEY WORLD CUP AND BHUBANESWAR DOT FEST
When: Ongoing till December 16, 2018
Where: All across Odisha
Bhubaneswar is currently hosting Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup. At the inaugural ceremony, the captains of all 16 competing teams joined Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Bhubaneswar's impressive Mukteshwar Temple for a special commemorative ceremony alongside the prize that they are all here to fight for: the World Cup trophy itself.
Alongside the hockey tournament, city festival titled Bhubaneswar Dot Fest is also being hosted. Co-organised by Odisha Tourism and Bhubaneswar Development Authority, the festival is now highlighting the grandeur of food, entertainment, stories and trails that define Bhubaneswar. Whilst it remains to be seen which of these men will lift this iconic trophy on Sunday, 16 December, 2018. The matches are progressing a a fascinating 19-day journey of discovery. The recent opening ceremony witnessed a stunning show featuring a performance by AR Rahman as well as appearances from prominent Bollywood celebrities.
When: December 14-16, 2018
Where: Alsisar, Rajasthan
Magnetic Fields has in the past few years established itself as a unique, experiential festival, which has a lot to offer apart from music. In its sixth edition, the festival in addition to music, offers multiple content streams. The festival showcases special installations at the festival by artists like Shilo Shiv Suleman, Alexander G. Lyle IV and collectives like HH Arts Spaces, and has a treasure hunt designed by science historian and mathematician Compasswallah.
Additionally, interdisciplinary design studio UnBox will also present a showcase of award-winning Australian VR films, chosen in collaboration with Australia Fest. Line-up additions include: London-based DJ- ONEMAN; Delhi-based mysterious producer Babloo Babylon, who will play on the Jameson Underground stage in the dungeon, Middle Eastern experimental Oriental collective Noon to the BUDx South Stage, Mumbai-based producer and DJ Zokhuma to the BUDxYARD line-up and Hyderabad-based DJ, Pooja B who will play on the Renault Desert Oasis on Dec 16 Sunday night. In addition, Puqaar performances will be split between the palace and village, where it will be open to the villagers.
When: December 7-8, 2018
Where: Nevada, USA
The WinterFest in Nevada is a celebration to kickstart the holiday season! This year's theme is 'Winter Blue Edition'. The Henderson Events Plaza is transformed into a perfect winter wonderland, with lights, activities, craft vendors, and more. The first day of the festival (December 7) features a tree-lighting ceremony with Santa. The second day of WinterFest concludes with an electronic parade, with lights that's sure to please everyone, from the young to the young-at-heart.
Additional activities include dance and music performances, gingerbread house display, strolling carolers, and an opportunity to take a picture with Santa from inside a giant snow globe. Entrance to the event is free but there are fees for some of the activities. The make and take craft station and petting zoo are free. Wristbands are available Friday and Saturday for day-of unlimited access to the Ferris wheel, carousel, train ride, toboggan slide, and pony rides.
When: December 26, 2018 to January 1, 2019
As the major cultural festival of the Bahamas, Junkanoo is a wonderful celebration of life and freedom. Celebrated each year in the early hours of the morning across two parades down Bay Street in downtown Nassau. The rhythmic goombay drums, the melodic horns and the kaleidoscope of colours moving to beat: this is Bahamian national pride, this is Junkanoo. The first celebration is on Boxing Day, December 26 and the main event is on New Year's Day, January 1, 2019.
Tracing its roots to the music, dance and spectacle of West Africa, Junkanoo is one of the oldest surviving street festivals in the Caribbean, dating back to the 17th century. There are a few theories as to the origin of the name, the most popular being from John Canoe, the dialectical adaptation of an African tribal chief during the era of slavery. He demanded that his people be given the right to celebrate their cultural traditions. Slaves were granted three days holiday at Christmas where they would leave the plantations and celebrate with family and friends through music, and dance.
HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
When: End of December 2018
The Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in three places in Karnataka simultaneously in Bidar and Mysore, as well as the Hampi.
The four day long extravaganza includes demonstrations, competitions, other activities like paragliding, flying fix, bungee jumping, etc. The events see participation by the people of India and overseas who are about to fly here to witness this famous aero sport in India. Hundreds of feet above the ground, glide over thick forests, ancient temple ruins of Hampi, and the palaces of Mysore. While participating in the festival, make sure to explore the ancient village of Hampi to visit historical monuments, ancient temples and forts. We suggest, you check ahead for the event dates before you travel for the fest.
ISLAND TOURISM FESTIVAL
When: January 6-15, 2019
Where: Port Blair, Andaman
Set in the beautiful island capital of Port Blair, Island Tourism Festival is a 10-day long festival, which showcases dance, drama, music, exhibitions, display arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life. The Island Tourism Festival (ITF) is organised by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. During this time, festivity is evident on the streets, shops and structures all across the island. Therefs much on the charts for activity lovers too.
Participate or just cheer for the Canoe Race, Scuba Diving competitions, Nicobari Hodi race or Dog shows. Late in the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a popular floating restaurant. Apart from performances by the tribals of the island, many known cultural troupes and artistes of national and international fame are invited to perform during Island Tourism Festival in Port Blair. Government agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and mainland India come to attend the exhibitions organised during this festival. The exhibitions highlight the developmental aspects of these islands earmarking it as an eco-friendly tourist destination.