"If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India." - Romain Rolland
"The diversity of India, of our civilization, is actually a thing of beauty, which is something we are extremely proud of" - Narendra Modi
India is a diverse country with vast geography, history, culture, language and is the largest democracy on earth. No doubt the culture and heritage of India is the amalgamation of the past and the present. It has 29 States and 7 Union Territories.
Festival seasons in India are widely spread evenly throughout the year and mostly it is seen that every month there is a festival in some or the other part of the country. In India, February month is the last cooler month of winters and is enjoyed by everyone. Let us see important days and events in February month 2019 through this article.
List of Important Days, Events and Festivals in February 2019
1st February – Surajkund Crafts Mela
Surajkund Crafts Mela is celebrated at Surajkund, District Faridabad, Haryana during 1st February to 17th February. It is a celebration of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage. Surajkund International crafts Mela is also celebrated from 2nd February onwards. In this Mela, richness and diversity of handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India is seen and no doubt it is the largest crafts fair in the world. Let us tell you that the Mela is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. This is the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela and the state of Maharashtra has been chosen as the Theme State.
1st February – Indian Coast Guard Day
On 1st February, Indian Coast Guard celebrates its foundation day. The interim Indian Coast guard was established on 1 February 1977 to prevent sea-borne smuggling of goods which were hampering India's domestic economy. On 18 August, 1978 Parliament of India passed the coast Guard Act which came into immediate effect. Indian Cost Guard is an armed force of India which protects maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with the jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India. It works in the close cooperation with the Department of Fisheries, Indian Navy, the Department of Revenue and the Central and State police forces.
2nd February – World Wetlands Day
Every year on 2nd February, World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February, 1971, in Ramsar, Iran. It was first celebrated in 1997. World Wetlands Day 2019 theme is 'Wetlands and Climate Change'.
2nd February- Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is annually held in Mumbai. This year, the event will be held from 2nd February to 10 February, 2019 and marks the 20th year of the festival and commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Basically, this event is a meeting point of arts from various walks of life. On 30th October, 1998, Kala Ghoda association was formed with an aim of maintaining and preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai.
4th February - World Cancer Day
Every year on 4 February World Cancer Day is observed globally and is celebrated by WHO to aware people about the disease Cancer and how to cure it. To give all the information related to Cancer to the people and to provide the preventive measures to fight with this disease. 2019 theme is 'I Am and I Will'. According to WHO, the theme is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.
4th February - National Day of Sri Lanka
On 4 February every year Sri Lanka's National Day is celebrated as Independence Day. Sri Lanka got freedom from British rule on 4 February, 1948.
7th February - International Development Week
International Development Week (IDW) is celebrated every year on 7 February to show and inform about different roles and career paths in the international development sector. IDW is a one week event in which several activities and opportunities are given to learn about what local-global initiatives are happening near you and how you can become involved.
12th February – Darwin Day
12th February is celebrated every year as Darwin Day to commemorate the birth of the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin in 1809. This day highlights the Darwin's contribution to evolutionary and plant science. In 2015, Darwin's ‘Origin of Species’ was voted the most influential academic book in the history.
12th February - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
12th February is celebrated as the birthday of the most popular presidents in the United States history namely Abraham Lincoln. This day is also known as Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, Abraham Lincoln Day or Lincoln Day.
13th February – Sarojini Naidu’s Birth Anniversary
13th February is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the Nightingale of India i.e. Sarojini Naidu. She was born on 13 February, 1879 in Hyderabad to scientist and philosopher Aghornath Chattopadhyaya and Barada Sundari Devi. She was the first Indian woman President of the Indian National Congress and also the first woman governor of an Indian state that is Governor of United Province which is now known as Uttar Pradesh.
14th February - Saint Valentine's Day
On 14th February every year Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is observed. Valentine's Day is named after a Catholic priest named Saint Valentine who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century.
18th February - Taj Mahotsav
On 18th February every year Taj Mahotsav or Taj Festival is celebrated at Agra that reveals the rich cultural heritage of our country. This festival in 2019 will begins from 18th February and last till 27th February 2019. No doubt, Taj Mahal represents the magnificence of Mughal era and displays the finest specimens of Indian craftsmanship.
20th February - World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice is observed every year on 20th February to encourage people to see how social justice affects poverty eradication. The main aim of this day is to achieve full employment and support for social integration. This day basically tackle the issues like poverty, exclusion and unemployment.
21st February - International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day is celebrated annually on 21 February worldwide to aware about the diversity of the language and its variety. This day promotes the awareness of the language and cultural diversity all across the world. On 17 November, 1999, it was first announced by the UNESCO.
22nd February - World Scout Day
22 February every year World Scout Day is celebrated and millions of Scouts from around the world gather at local, national and international levels to celebrate the Founder's Day. This day marks with the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, the pioneer of Scouting.
24th February – Central Excise Day
Central Excise Day is observed in India on 24 February every year to encourage the employees of excise department to carry out the central excise duty in a better way to prevent corruption in manufacturing business and to carry out best possible exercise services in India.
27 February - World Sustainable Energy Day
World Sustainable Energy Day (WSED) is Europe's largest conferences and in 2019 it will take place from 27 February till 1 March in Wels/Austria. It aims at achieving a smart, socially fair and sustainable energy system for competitive businesses and technology innovation. Clean energy transition will serve the needs of citizens, economic development and the environment.
28 February – National Science Day
National Science Day is celebrated every year in India on 28 February to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by the Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. He discovered the Raman Effect on 28 February, 1928 and for this discovery, he was honoured by the Nobel Prize in Physics subject in 1930.
So, these are the National and International important Days of February month 2019 with festivals and several events which may help in the preparation of competitive examinations.