Fairs & Festivals in Chennai (Madras)
Chennai is the utmost place for tradition and culture. A plethora of fairs and festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm in Chennai. Several dances, music fairs and festivals are celebrated in Chennai that reflect its culture and customs. The festivals in Chennai are the matter of great pride for the people here that follow all the rituals.
Major fairs & festivals of Chennai:
Natyanjali Dance Festival
Held in Chidambaram, near the city of Chennai, Natyanjali Festival is celebrated once a year. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer, this five day festival is a matter of great enthusiasm and interest. Natyanjali Dance Festival takes place during the months of February - March.
Dance and Music Festival
In mid December to mid January, Dance and Music festival in Chennai is organized. Carnatic Music and classical dance of Chennai is held at various places of Chennai. This festival attracts a wide array of performing art enthusiasts.
Travel and Tourism Fair
Travel and Tourism Fair is the ultimate attraction in Chennai fairs. Fairs provide an excellent opportunity to people to enjoy as well as gain information. There are a number of stalls exhibiting merchandise and good bargain. Tourism Fair is held at the Island Ground every year.
Pongal is the significant festivals of Chennai. Pongal is basically a rural festival, also celebrated in the city with great enthusiasm. Pongal signifies the end of the south east monsoon and the harvest season in South India.
Prominent festivals of Chennai:
- Arubathimoovar Festival
- Chithirai Festival
- Dance Festival - Mamallapuram
- Kanthuri Festival
- Kavadi Festival
- Music Festival
- Mahamagam Festival
- Natyanjali Dance Festival
- Karthigai Deepam
- Summer Festival
- Tourist Fair (Fairylands or Island Grounds - Chennai)
- Tayagaraja Festival
- Velankanni Festival