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Festivals

Arubathumoovar Festival (March-April)
The bronze idols of 63 Nayanmars from Kapaleeswarar Temple are taken out in procession through the streets of Mylapore during this festival. Thousands of devotees participate in the procession.

Chennai Music and Dance Festival (December-January)
Chennai celebrates her priceless heritage of Carnatic music and dance to present a galaxy of star artists, old and new.

Chennai Sangamam (December-January)
Celebrating India’s largest open festival with 2,500 artists, 4,500 performances and 25 lakh people, Chennai Sangamam is organised by Tamil Maiyam, a pre-eminent non-profit trust, in association with the Department of Tourism and Culture of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Pillaiyar Chaturthi/ Vinayagar Chathurthi (August-September)
Ganesh Chaturthi, popularly known as Pilliyar Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of gusto in Chennai. The state government has taken an initiative towards making it eco-friendly by marking five spots in Chennai for idol immersion, fixing the height of the idol to be made and instructing in the preparation of the idol with eco-friendly or natural materials.

Tourist Fair (January- February)
The exhibition presents a panorama of Tamil Nadu- all her places of tourist interest, her cultural wealth and economic progress.

Chennai Book Fair (December-January)
It is an annual book fair organised in Chennai, by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI). The fair typically lasts for about ten days during the New Year- Pongal season.

Karthigai Deepam (November)
The extension of Deepavali, Karthigai Deepam is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. On this day, people clean their houses and draw kolams or rangoli in the front of their houses and also place some lamps on it.

Pongal (January)
Pongal is an important festival of Tamil Nadu and is celebrated to mark the withdrawal of the Southeast monsoons as well as the reaping of the harvest. A strictly rural festival and is celebrated for four days starting January 13. Bhogi is the first day for family while Pongal is second day for worshipping the Sun God. On the third day, Mattu Pongal, cattle is worshipped and the Thiruvalluvar Day is celebrated in memory of saint Thiruvalluvar.



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