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Festivals in Tamil Nadu

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A calendar year for Tamil Nadu is dotted with some really colorful and culturally important festivals and that too a lot of them. The traditions of olden times are still very much prevalent in Tamil Nadu and they can be seen during the festivals that are celebrated in the state. The new tourist puller for Tamil Nadu from Festival group, are the dance festivals like Natyanjali Dance Festival. It is not that they were started in recent past, but they have been promoted only now, the way they ought to be promoted.

Like everywhere else, festivals in Tamil Nadu too are generally religious. But it is the amount of culture that is displayed in these festivals that makes them

so very special. Most of the festivals are Temple Festivals. And why not;so manytemples are present in the state and almost every temple has their own festival or fair. These festivals fall according to the months in Indian Calendar. And most of the temple festivals come between September and November, and between March and June.

The major festivals of Tamil Nadu :

Pongal Festival
Pongal is the harvesting festival of Tamil Nadu which also is the most important of all other festivals. The celebration of Pongal Festival goes on for four consecutive days. During this festival, people take opportunity. Read More...

Natyanjali Dance Festival
Natyanjali Dance Festival may be a cultural festival but it has a religious significance as well as the festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja, 'The Cosmic Dancer'. Held in the temple city of Chidambaram in the month of February, Natyanjali Dance. Read More...

Karthigai Deepam
Karthigai Deepam Festival is the festival of light of Tamil Nadu. It is a nine day festival and on all days houses are illuminated with many lights and lamps. On important days between these days, beautiful processions of many deities are taken out. Read More...

Jallikatu Bull Fight
Jallikatu Bull Festival is celebrated in Tiruchirapalli on the 4th day of Pongal. People tie bundles of money on horns of violent bulls and they try to snatch it from there. Read More...

Music & Dance Festival
Among the many cultural festivals that are held in Chennai, Music and Dance festival is the most famous and attracts the most number of performers as well as audiences. Read More...

Vinayaka Chathurthi
Vinayaka Chathurthi is a festival that is celebrated in many parts of the country. However the rituals and method of celebrations are totally different in all parts. The festival dedicated to Lord Ganapathi is celebrated in the month of September – October.

The festival of Nine nights is an important part of people of Tamil Nadu as well. During these nine days Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, and Goddess Saraswathi are worshipped for health, wealth and knowledge.

The Festival of Deepavali symbolises the triumph of good over evil. During the festival people light up their houses with lamps and lights.

Saraswathi Pooja
The festival is celebrated in the honour of Saraswathi - the Goddess of arts and letters. Educational institutions and academies of art naturally take a lively interest in these celebrations. The goddess is invoked in every home and hearth during the celebrations.

Chitri Rai Festival
The festival is held in the famous Madurai Temples and lasts for 10 days during the Tamil month of chithirai Major attractions is the procession of lord kallazhagar otherwise known as lord Vishnu from Azhagarkoil to give away his sister goddess Meenakshi, in Marriage to Lord Sundareswarar.

Mahamagam Festival
A holy festival that will bring you to Kumbakonam once in 12 years - the temple city that gets its name from "Kumbha" - the divine pot. Legend has it that Brahma, the Creator, held a pot containing nectar and the seed of creation. Shiva. in the form of a hunter shot an arrow at the pot - spilling the nectar into the famous Mahamagam tank at the Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.


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