1 – Tamil Nadu Festivals
While Tamil Nadu has its own customs and beliefs surrounding important Indian festivals like Diwali, it also hosts other uniquely Tamil festivities like Pongal and Karthigai Deepam. Tamil Nadu also hosts a number of traditional festivals related to the state’s many regions and cultures. The Melattur Bhagavata Mela in Thanjavur has been held every year since the 17th century and the Koothandavar festival in Villupuram is India’s largest festival for transgender and trans-people.
Here are a few highlights:
Mamallapuram Indian Dance Festival
Set against stunning rock sculptures, this festival celebrates classical and folk dance from throughout India.
A four-day celebration of classical music and dance, crafts, folk art, heritage walks, exhibitions and street food.
Tamil Nadu International Balloon Festival
A festival to celebrate the growing popularity of air ballooning in India, with added music entertainment.
A four-day harvest festival similar to thanksgiving in America. The star attraction is the boiled milk and rice dish, Pongal, prepared on the second day.
A festival dedicated to the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, with parades and dancing.
Pondicherry Heritage Festival
Originally created to celebrate the town’s architecture, this festival now includes diverse traditions and cultural practices.
A celebration of the birth of Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival
A blend of a national level surfing competition with complementary therapies, organic food and music.
Crowds of pilgrims head to Tiruvannamalai for the full moon, to celebrate the fiery apparition of Shiva on the top of Mount Arunachala.