New Years Day
– People of puducherry welcome the new year in exotic
and esoteric nature, it is just extra bonus for them.
7th - International
This festival brings in participants from all over the world
between the 4th to the 7th January every year. The festival
includes talks, discussions, exchange of ideas, consultation
and demonstration of techniques. Classical Indian dance and
music programme every day.
13th – 16th Pongal Festival
– The harvest, earth and sun festival
1 : Pongal Eve (Bogi) :
house cleaning and decorating with intricate
designs; burning of old clothes, mats and the like.
Day 2 : Pongal : Preparation
of ritual pongal dish cooked in new pots and
prayer for sun god.
Day 3 : Mattu Pongal (Cow/Ox Festival)
– Cows and Ox are washed,
decorated, have their horns painted and are fed pongal; they
raced in villages around.
Day 4 : Farmer’s Day
: People dress up and visit their neighbours and friends
and relatives houses; there is no more busy day in Pondy’s
Police parade in the Indira Gandhi Stadium. Pondicherrians
celebrate the day in a devoted manner. The Chief Secretariat,
entire beach road and Raj Niwas (Lt. Governor’s residence)
are illuminated attractively.
Magam – The festival will be celebrated
in the sea shore. In the morning around 30 sacred images from
a wide region are bathed ritually. In the evening the sacred
images gathered in one place. In night there is a procession
of images in a illuminated cars in differed shapes(image bearing
Birth Anniversary On 21st February, devotees queue at Sri
Aurobindo Ashram starting early in the morning, to visit the
Muslim day of Sacrifices.
Tamil New Year
Chitrai kalai Vizha
Department of Art & Culture, Government of puducherry
organize Indian Classical music and dances in various places
Car Festival – on the full moon between
mid May and mid June falls the ninth day of a ten day festival.
On this day the temple car with the image of the god is paraded
around the town.
Bastille Day-in July 14th, Bastille Day, puducherry witnesses an Indo-French
In the month of August the festival is celebrated in Veerampattinam,
a fishing village near Ariyankuppam. On this day the temple
car with the image of the god is paraded around the village.
De puducherry (Festival of puducherry) -
A cultural pageant, coinciding with Liberation Day and Independence
Day. Government of puducherry organize the fete features
free evening cultural presentation in various places of puducherry.
Day- 15th of August, the day is celebrated
De Jure Transfer Day- 16th of August marks
puducherry’s complete accession to the Indian Union
15th August – Sri
Aurobindo’s Birth Anniversary. On this
day, devotees queue at Sri Aurobindo Ashram starting early
in the morning, to visit the Sri Aurobindo’s room.
– The festival of India’s most ubiquitous god,
Vinayaka (or Ganesh or Ganapati).
The nine-day festival of the Goddesses Durgar (warrior righteousness),
Lakshmi (prosperity) and Saraswati (knowledge and the arts).
In some of the houses and temples decorated with kolu pommai
(painted ceramic doos) particularly in Easwaran Kovil at M.G.Road.
Ayudha Puja- this
day marks the end of Navaratri. Gourds reddened with vermilion
powder are broken, banana leaves are installed, and all forms
of implements and equipments, including cars and motorcycles
are given a puja as a honour.
the next day to Ayudha Puja is given over to the Goddess Durga,
the warrior aspect of the Divine Mother.
the new moon between mid-October and mid-November sees the
Festival of Light, marking the triumph of Good over Evil.
Mostly all the peoples wear new dress and celebrate the festival
with sweet and crackers. This day is the happiest day for
Karthigai Deepam Festival-
during this three day festival mostly all the Hindu houses
even in rural and urban is illuminated.
- the Christmas season is quiet. Shops and houses are hung
with perforated star lanterns
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