The year will keep most of us busy, especially with a packed political calendar.
y far the event that will take up most of the mind space of Indians is the general election. That political Kumbh will most likely take place around April-May. Recent assembly election results have added vim to the Opposition ranks.
There are a few assembly elections that are likely to be held with Lok Sabha one — Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha and Sikkim.
And here are some other events that will keep us glued to our seats. Events that will mark our spiritual, cultural and sporting calendar.
15: One of the largest religious events in the world starts. According to authorities nearly 15 crore devotees are likely to attend the Ardha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
Kumbh Mela is held once in every 3 years. (Photo: Reuters)
22-25: The annual huddle of the global who’s who will take place in the Swiss resort town of Davos. Outcomes are irrelevant as leaders from business, politics and entertainment come together to shake hands and air-kiss.
1: Union budget. What goodies will Arun Jaitley shower on voters in an election year?
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18: International Court of Justice to hear former India naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case
18-27: Taj Mahotsav — the festival in Agra will showcase Indian culture and traditions.
Jashn-E-Rekhta: The dates for this festival that celebrates Urdu culture and language are yet to be decided; but likely sometime in February, in Delhi.
1-7: Hundreds of yoga practitioners and enthusiasts are likely to reach Rishikesh for the International Yoga Festival.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a mass yoga event on 3rd International Day of Yoga in 2017. (Photo: PTI)
6: The four-day Goa carnival — which usually starts on Lent — is particularly big in Goa. Sabado Gordo, Fat Saturday, starts it off with elaborate parades, and the revelry continues with street parties, concerts and general merrymaking.
8: All eyes will be focused on Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film, Captain Marvel. It would be fun to watch whether Brie Larson is able to pull off the strongest character (yet) of the Marvel Universe.
Captain Marvel. (Photo: IMDb)
29: Britain will disconnect from the European Union, severing a nearly four-decade old union. Trade, travel and diplomatic ties are going to see an upheaval.
For all the Jon Snow and Daenarys fans out there, to everyone’s excitement and dismay, the final season of Game of Thrones will be coming out in April. So buckle up for the fight between Fire and Ice. The dates are yet to be announced.
30: Emperor Akihito of Japan leaves the throne, the first to do so in 200 years.
May 30-July 14: For cricket fans, which means nearly the whole country, will be glued to their TV sets as the curtain goes up on the cricket World Cup. Ten teams will play in the 12th edition of the tournament to be held in England and Wales. Can India win it once again?
1: Pop lovers of a certain vintage will jump up with joy; Spice Girls start their reunion tour; but sorry no Victoria alias Posh Spice.
June 7-July 7: France will be host to the 52 matches which will determine the winner of the eighth edition of women’s football World Cup.
28: G20 summit in Osaka. With the US and China sparring over a number of issues, the summit will draw a lot of attention
September 20-November 2: The 9th edition of the Men’s Rugby World Cup (rugby union) is scheduled to be held in Japan.
23: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene the UN 2019 Climate Summit. The theme will be ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win’.
Agent Running in the Field is released. Will master spy writer John le Carre spin another intellectual thriller?
(Photo: Penguin Books)
12: Kartarpur Corridor opens on Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary
If all goes well, the month will see Isro launch its first unmanned space mission
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