Are you planning a trip to Tamil Nadu? Tamil Nadu has been favourite holiday destination for ages! From diverse places to visit and the exotic flora and fauna, it has a variety of ways to entertain its tourists, one of which is the grand celebration of the famous festivals of Tamil Nadu.
Here goes the list of some of the famous festivals of Tamil Nadu:
- Pongal is a harvest festival which is dedicated to the Sun, according to the Tamil calendar, it is a three-day festival which is usually celebrated from January 14 to January 17.
- Pongal is celebrated with Makara Sankranti, the harvest festival celebrated throughout India.
- It is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry.
- The day marks the sun’s six-month-long journey to the north. This also corresponds to the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Capricorn.
- Pongal is celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun for a successful harvest.
- Thaipusam is celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon day in the month of January/February.
- The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and Pusam which is the name of a star. On this day the star is at its highest point during the festival.
- In Singapore, Hindu devotees start their procession at the Sri Srinivasa Temple, carrying milk pots as offerings and spikes pierced on their body to celebrate the festival.
Tamil New Year’s Day:
- It is known as Puthuvarusham in Tamil Nadu. It falls on or about 14 April every year.
- People of Tamil Nadu clean their houses, prepare a tray with fruits and other worship essentials, and visit their local temples.
- People wear new clothes and children go to their elders to seek their blessings.
Natyanjali Dance Festival:
- Natyanjali celebration opens on the favourable event of the Maha Shivratri day in the ‘Prakara’ of the Chidambaram sanctuary. The great sanctuary is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- The celebration brings all the artists of India, together on a similar stage, on the event of Maha Shivratri, in the month of February.
- It is performed at the ‘Prakara’ where all the artists, loaded with joy and dedication with their suggestive abhinaya, pay their homage to Lord Nataraja.
- The Natyanjali celebration displays the rich culture of India.
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- Mahamaham is a Hindu festival which is celebrated every 12 years at the Mahamaham pond located in Tamil Nadu, India.
- Hindus take a holy dip at the Mahamaham pond of Tamil Nadu on the day of Mahamaham.
- It is celebrated when Jupiter enters the Leo sign in the Constellation.
- The ten-day celebration starts with the hoisting of a flag in the Vaishnavite Temple and other temples in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.