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Festivals In Pondicherry -

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Fairs and Festivals of Pondicherry are reflective of the cultural heritage of the place. A strong connection with Tamil Nadu, a history of French colonialism, and the influence of Rishi Sri Aurobindo together effects to bestow Pondicherry with a plethora of festivals. Pondicherry literally indulges in various fairs and festivities throughout the year. Some of the festivals are very unique and interesting, celebrated only within Pondicherry.

Pondicherry has a population that is a harmonious mix of different religions. Thus the fairs and festivals in Pondicherry are also centered around their presiding deity though everybody irrespective of caste and creed takes part in

them. Lord Sulramaniar, Muthumariammam and Angalamman are mostly worshiped by the Hindus of Pondicherry. Similarly, the Christians take part in the feast of Lady of Lourdes and celebrate St Theresa festival. The Muslims also have their mosques and their respective celebrations.

The Pongal festival is the most important festival in Pondicherry though their are many other celebrations. Large number of tourists and people from neighboring areas flock Pondicherry especially during the International Yoga Festival, Fire Walking festival and Masquerade or Mask festival. All these festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm by people from all walks of life.

Due to Keralite influence in the district of Mahe in Pondicherry festivals like Vishu, Onam and Sri Krishna Jayanti are also celebrated with much pomp. Other fairs and festivals of Pondicherry include Mangani festival, Mandalam Vilakku, Putha Lanthira, Kandoori festival, Mandolilthira, Sedal, Pandokuloththira, Bhagavathi temple festival, Koyodan Korothithra, Masimagam Festival, Vishnutheertham, and Swamikalyanam.

Pongal Festival in Pondicherry Pongal Festival in Pondicherry essentially celebrates Harvest, Sun God and Mother Earth. It is one of the most important festivals of Pondicherry. This festival is celebrated in the month of Thai of the Tamil calendar, corresponding to the months of January and February in the Gregorian calendar. Read More...

Masi Magam Festival of Pondicherry
The Masi Magam Festival of Pondicherry is celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Masi, corresponding to the months of February - March by the Gregorian calendar. The focus of the festival lies on the bathing of the deities in the waters of `theerthavari' or Bay of Bengal. Read More...

Tamil New Year in Pondicherry
Celebration of Tamil New Year in Pondicherry takes place with much pomp and festivity. This is because of the proximity of Tamil Nadu to The Union Terittory of Pondicherry. Pondicherry is also largely populated with the Tamil people making this festival part and parcel of Pondicherry. Read More...

Chitrai kalai Vizha
The Mylapore Trio, S Surendranath, S Amarnath and S Aparna of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation celebrated the V Balar Chithirai Kalai Vizha, an exclusive five day Childrens' Festival for children and youth (from April, 27th to 1st May 2007) to promote Tamizh culture.     Read More...

Villianur Temple Car Festival
The Villanur Temple Car Festival is celebrated in Pondicherry on the ninth day of a ten day festival in the Tamil month of Vaikashi, corresponding to the Gregorian months of May - June . A decorated car carrying the deity of Sri Gokilambal Thirukamemswarara kukilambal is taken out in a colorful procession amidst thousand of devotees. Read More...

Veerampattinam Car Festival
Veerampattinam Car Festival is celebrated in the month of August in the fishing village of Ariankuppam. A car or chariot or 'ratha' adorned with heavily ornamented sculptures is taken out from this small village of Pondicherry. Read More...

Bastille Day in Pondicherry
On the fourteenth of July every year, the city of Pondicherry observes the Bastille Day with great fervor and revelry. Bastille Day in Pondicherry is one of the main Fairs & Festivals of Pondicherry. The Bastille Day marks the beginning of the revolution in France when the Batille Castle was seized by the French revolutionists in 14th July, 1789. Read More...

Vinayaka Chathurthi in Pondicherry
Like the rest of the South India, Vinayaka Chathurthi in Pondicherry is also celebrated with great festivities and respect. Dedicated to the elephant god - Ganesha, Vinayaka Chathurthi is observed as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. Read More...

Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry
Although Sri Aurobindo Ghosh was a Bengali by birth and born in Calcutta, he spent his post prison days in Pondicherry and dedicated himself to the social and religious causes. It is here in Pondicherry that he explored his spiritual side. He was great nationalist, patriot, scholar, philosopher, poet, yogi and religious guru. Read More...

Fete De Pondicherry
Pondicherry has a great cultural, historical, political and archaeological importance attached to it. Its an ancient city with rich traditions. Some of the excavation works near Arikamedu, Pondicherry have revealed that it flourished during the Greko - Roman times. Read More...

French Food Festival
Perhaps the most exceptional among the Fairs & Festivals of Pondicherry, the French Food Festival is exciting and enjoyable at the same time. The festival is a high time for all those food buffs. Once the capital of the French India, Pondicherry carries the rich culinary tradition of the French.
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