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Fairs & Festivals of South India

Fairs and Festivals

A Riot Of Colors!

There are a plethora of festivals celebrated with great zeal in South India, welcoming the audience from across the globe. Showcasing the colorful aura of South India, the festivals here are actually the celebrations of South Indian cultural roots. All the 'celebration' lovers, head for South India to quench your thirst. Participating in these festivals is like 'celebrating life'. So, get ready to celebrate life by planning a tour to South India during the festival season. Enjoy both natural beauty and colorful celebrations in this mesmerizing region of India and take back home some unforgettable memories.

Some of the most famous celebrations of South India are:

Pongal, Tamil Nadu
Celebrated in January for four days, Pongal is the most famous harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. During this festival heavenly deities, cattle and birds are worshiped. Cart races and cock fights are the interesting cultural activities organized during the festival. On this festival rice pudding is made from freshly harvested rice, milk and jaggery. And this dish is known as Pongal. A procession is also taken out during the festival.

Onam, Kerala
Celebrated in honor of a mythological king of Kerala, Mahabali, Onam is a ten-day long festival. It is the national festival of this enchanting state. Symbolizing prosperity and happiness, this festival marks the beginning of harvest. Snake boat race is the main highlight of the festival.

Natyanjali Dance Festival, Tamil Nadu
It is a wonderful dance festival celebrated in February/ March in honor of the Cosmic dancer(Lord Shiva). Entertaining to the hilt, this festival provides a platform to the dancers of India to show their talent. The Prakara of the Chidambaram temple is the venue for the festival.

Hampi Festival, Karnataka
Dedicated to dance and music, Hampi Festival is celebrated in the first week of November. The performers set the stage on fire with their mind-blowing performances.

Fire Walking Festival, Pondicherry
During this festival the participants who perform the rituals keep fast for 40 days. On the most significant day of the festival, they walk bare-foot on fire.

Apart from these, there are several other festivals in South India, which are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

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