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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.