Manali Winter Carnival from February 9

MANALI: The much-awaited five-day-long Winter Carnival, the
biggest event of Manali, would be celebrated from February 9 this year, an
official said here. Performers from over ten states have applied to perform in
the second national level carnival and preparation as being made on war
footings.

A tableau in Manali Winter Carnival (file photo)

Organized on the pattern
of Goa, Manali Winter Carnival is being celebrated
since 1977 during the off-season in winters to attract more
tourists. Carnival organizers claim that it triggers a surge in
tourist arrival and helps in increasing the economy of Manali. Carnival would
be celebrated for five days at Manu Rangshala. People would enjoy the folk
dances, western dances, fashion shows, singing competitions, laughter shows,
men’s personality, winter queen contests and variety of other
programs. Meanwhile, winter games lovers would enjoy junior and senior
skiing competitions at Solang valley.

Winter Carnival committee vice
president Balvir Thakur said all possible efforts are being made to make this
national level event a success. “Carnival would keep Manali busy for five days
with variety of programs. Both locals and tourists would definitely enjoy the
blend of various cultures,” he said.
While talking to HV, Kulludeputy commissioner SS Negi, who is the president of Winter Carnival Organizing
Committee, said 13 groups from various states have given nod to participate in
the carnival. Said Negi, “All needful preparations have been made and
subcommittees have been formed for better operation.”

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