Tamil Nadu festivals
Tamilnadu is famous for its strong tradition and rich culture. We can see here the magnificent temples which are world famous and the people of Tamil Nadu shows the devotion towards the Gods and Goddess make us astonish. Here the people celebrate festivals with colors and joy. The food items served during the festival celebrations makes one mouth wondering. Here some festival celebrations are narrated for you….
This is the harvest festival celebrated at grand scale by the Tamil people. The festival celebrated for four days and starts the celebrations on the 13th January and end on 16th every year. On the festival day the people especially the farmers worship the Sun God for his blessings for good crops by giving energy towards agriculture. The households made the rice with the first crop of paddy to tribute the Sun God. They also prepare special dish Pongal, which is a famous dish in South India. Before one month of the festival, the households make patterns at the house entrance with rice flour and colors. These patterns are famous as Kolam.
The people celebrate the first day as Bhogi. They make the Bonfire and drop the old materials in the fire, which is a sign for a new beginning. The day celebrated to honor Indhra the heavenly God who gave better crops. The second day celebrated the main ‘Pongal’ festival. On this day the houses decorate beautifully with flowers and sugar canes. All the people wear traditional dresses and offer sugar cane and coconut to the deities. On the third day, the people decorate the cows with new bells and flowers and garland its neck.
Tamil New Year
This festival is also known as Puthandu celebration as a new year to the Tamil people. This festival falls in the month of April and the first month of Tamil calendar year. On the festival day, all the women of the household make beautiful Kolams at the entrance of their houses. The devotees also hang the bunches of Mangoes to Mango tree and decorate the Neem tree with bloomed flowers. These rituals are the symbols for prosperity in their lives. On the New year day, people looking at Gold ornaments, betel leaves, fruits, and nuts. The Tamil People believe that this made fortune throughout the year. On the festival day, people wake up early in the morning and do the head bath, wear the new dresses and went to the temples and took blessings from the priests and elders. Special dish of the day is ‘Maanga Pachadi’, which tastes sweet and sour. The taste is the symbol of happiness and sorrows in life. This made with Jaggery, Neem flowers, and mango pieces.
Natyanjali Dance Festival
This is the festival celebrates to honor Lord Nataraj. On the festival day, all the dancers perform their dance to tribute to Lord Nataraja. The celebrations held at Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram. Generally, the festival falls in the month of February or March. This is a five-day long festival, started on Shivaratri day. The famous classical dancers from all over the world are dress up in traditional outfits to represent the rich culture of Tamil Nadu. The dance performance is the symbol to show the ‘Unity in Diversity’.
According to the Tamil Calendar, ‘Thai’ the festival celebrated on the full moon day to honor Lord Subramaniam on his birth anniversary. The devotees pray the God for help. On this day the devotees follow the penance and take the ‘Kavadi’. They carry two pots which are filled with rice and milk and attached to a long stick. The devotees carried till the temple and offer the rice, milk to Lord Subrahmanyam. Some devotees carry the empty pot and fill them with begging materials. Some devotees pierce their bodies with sharp knives and feel no pain. The wounds also not blended, the devotees believe that they are very close to Lord Subrahmanya. During the festival celebrations, the devotees offer the Agni Kavadi, which is a very sacred ritual. During this activity, the devotees carry the Kavadi and walk on burning coals. Nearly 10,000 Kavadees reached to the temples in Tamil Nadu. This is the indication of strong believe of the devotees and make a surprise to the rest of the world.
Kumbakonam is famous for bronze sculptures. Mahamaham is celebrated in Kumbakonam once every 12 years. On this day the devotees from all over India visit this village and dip in the famous ‘Mahamaham Tank’. According to Tamil Calander, the festival fall sin Masi month[Febrauray to March]. When Jupiter enters into Leo sign, the devotees celebrated in grand scale. Here the tank occupies 6.2 acres and surrounded by shrines and wells. The devotees dip in the tank and went to Kumbeswarar temple and worship Lord Shiva. The devotees believe that the bath made them purify from the sins. Nearly 10 lakh people visit this place on the festival day and made the bath in the tank.
This is a musical festival celebrated to honor the great composer Thyagaraja in a small town Thivuvaiyaru in Thanjavur district. The festival is celebrated on Pushya Bahula Panchami day, in January month. On the same day, Thyagaraja attained Samadhi. Many musicians from all over India gathered near the Samadhi, at the banks of river Cauvery and celebrated the festival by showing their skills in music. The festival celebrated for two days to promote Carnatic and Classical music. During the festival celebrations, the devotees perform the rituals, Poojas, and music.
The festival is famous for the ‘Festival of Lights’. The festival falls in the month of November. The people celebrated this festival for 10 days in the significance of keeping away the bad things in life and welcome the good ones. The devotees believe that on this day Lord Shiva appeared on the hills of Thiruvannamalai. So to mark this, the devotees are lighting a huge fire on the top of the hill. On this day people wear new clothes and went to the Shivalayam and lit the lights. Later exchange the sweets. There is also conduct a fair, which attracted many people from Tamil Nadu.