Festivals in Tamil Nadu


FESTIVALS CELEBRATED IN TAMIL NADU: India is a land of Festivals. It has many states which are different from each other. India is a vast country which is popular for its rich, diversified culture, harmony, and integrity. It will not be wrong if we say India is a land of Festivals. Certainly, every festival has its own uniqueness.

Tamil Nadu Festivals

Tamil Nadu is an important state which lies in Southern India. It shares it boundaries with Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

Its capital is Chennai, Tamil is the language of local residents and natives. It has a long and beautiful coastline, the Eastern Ghats passes through it.

Tamil is one of the most prominent and oldest languages that had been in use till date. Tamil Nadu has preserved its culture, tradition, and customs.

The State is also popular for its various festivals. Festival brings joy and happiness in life of people. They begins new chapter in life of a human being.

A festival gives us the message of faith, kindness, victory over evil, and devotion. Festivals are the integral part of human life, culture and tradition.

Main attraction of festivals includes food, new costumes, lighting, and paintings.

So why do we prepare delicacies during festivals? Why we prepare various sweets? Why milk is an important part of festival foods whether it is Janmashtami or Ramadan. The answer to all these questions is we love eating various foods. Every Indian festival has its own food type.

Tamil Nadu is a vibrant state and let us know about some of the important festivals celebrated in this beautiful state.

Important festivals of Tamil Nadu are: Pongal, Thaipusam, Mahamaham Festival, Kaarthigai Deepam Festivali, Hanuman Jayanthi, Chitra Purnima, Avani Avittam, Panguni Uthiram, Kedar Gauri Vrat, Puthandu, Thimithi, Thiruvathira, Bhogi Festival, Christmas, Good Friday and others.

1. Pongal – Festivals in Tamil Nadu

Pongal - Festivals in Tamil Nadu
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It is yet another important festival of southern peninsula. It is the most important festival in Tamil Nadu and its people irrespective of where they live. This is a four day long festival and it is one of the most famous festivals. The main delicacies during this festival are Rice, Jaggery, Dal, Dry fruits, sugar, milk all have cooked in a new clay pot out in the open and allowed to boil for number of hours. And it has then offered to Sun God and then by each family member. During Pongal people start of their chores, activities early in the morning, wear traditional attires, draw Rangoli (kollam), have bonfire, dancing, cattle racing and many more.

2. Christmas:

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It is an important festival in Kerala and people who follow Christianity religion. It is one of the most auspicious day in Christianity. This festival is to mark the day of birth of their Messiah Jesus. This festival happens every year on 25th December. You can enjoy various delicacies, music, dance, lightings in this festival. Jesus has high respect and devotion in hearts of people in Christianity.

3. Hanuman Jayanthi – Festivals in Tamil Nadu

Hanuman Jayanthi - Festivals in Tamil Nadu
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Lord Hanuman is an important deity in Hinduism. He has regarded as the 11th avatar of Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman in mentioned in both Ramayana and Mahabharatha. He is the central figure in Ramayana and companion of Lord Rama. He is one of the Chiranjeevi that have believed to exist in this world according to Hindu mythologies.

Hanuman Jayanthi is one of the most important festivals of Tamil Nadu. It is takes place in January or December. This is celebrated to symbolize the birth of Lord Hanuman.

In this festival you can see Idols of Lord Hanuman with Garlands, Tikas, procession, street food, and worshipping Lord Hanuman. It is also celebrated widely in North India too.

4. Panguni Uthiram – Festivals in Tamil Nadu

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It is an amazing festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. This festival has named after the last month of Tamil calendar and generally has celebrated in the month of April.

This festival has celebrated to mark the birth of the Goddess Mahalakshmi. It has said that on this day Goddess had incarnated from the ocean as the result of Samudra Manthan performed by Gods and Auras.

This festival is celebrated in every traditional house hold which follows Tamil culture. It is celebrated to bring goodness and happiness in life of every individual who follows Tamil Culture.

This festival is very popular and common in Tamil households. This festival offers prayers and worship Goddess Mahalakshmi, it has filled with lot of venerations, puja, bhajans, devotional songs to the goddess.

5. Kedar Gauri Vrat:

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It is an important festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. By seeing the name you guys had guessed about this festival.

Yes it is a kind a Fast in Tamil Culture. It is a 21 day long fast in the month of Diwali. It ends on the day of Diwali. This fast is devoted to Lord Shiva.

According to a popular Hindu legend this fast was first done by Goddess Gauri wife of Lord Shiva. She performed this fast to please Lord Shiva himself.

On seeing devotion of the goddess and pleased by the way she performed the fast Lord Shiva gave her the left half of his body.

This form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri is famous as Ardhnareshwar. And it signifies that Lord Shiva and Shakti (Goddess Gauri) are one.

It also implies that a man is incomplete without women and a woman is incomplete without a man. And no one is less or more in their relation.

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