Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Pondicherry?
Posted on Dec 17, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Festivals are celebrated in a very grand and flamboyant manner in the city of Pondicherry. There is a multicultural society so one can expect that all the festivals are celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.
The Temples of Pondicherry have their own festivals, which are celebrated and dedicated to the Temple God. One of the temple gods is the Vellavari Fire walking festival. In this the participants observe a fast for 40 days and on the main night of the festival, after taking a purification bath, they walk barefoot through a stretch of fire.
Sedal is yet another festival that tests the faith of the devotees. In this festival the small hooks and spears are pierced in the tongue and cheeks to make sure that the vows and prayers are fulfilled by the Almighty. Don’t be surprised when you see people with almost 100 piercings on their body and face.
The Skanda Shashti festival is celebrated by the people of Muthialpet, by those who live around the Sri Sundara Vinayakar Subramanya Swamy Siddhivinayaka Temple. It is believed that Lord Muruga waged a 6 day battle with demon Soorapadam and finally killed him. Other prominent festivals are the Masi Makam festival which is an important festival for Tamils
The birth and the death anniversaries of Sri Aurobindo and Mother are dates of great significance in Pondicherry and the Ashram celebrates it by opening the Ashram to the visitors and outsiders. One can pay tribute to Sri Aurobindo and Mother at their Samadhi.
Pongal, Vishu, Onam and Sri Krishna Jayanti are also celebrated with a lot of fervor.
Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving are also equally important festivals and carols cam be heard in the churches along with the hymns with a lot of absolute devotion.
The French food festival, Gourmet, is celebrated in August, Apart from the French cuisine you will have Italian, Hungarian, Mexican, Spanish and Indian cuisines to sample from.