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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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