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Festivals in Chennai that you must experience

From Jan, until the end

Chennai has its fair share of colorful festivals that happen throughout the year, and if you are in the city during one, you’re lucky!

Thaipusam Festival| Img by: Elviz Low via FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0


Beginning the year by giving the due thanks to the cows and bulls that help around in paddy fields and farms, Pongal is celebrated in January every year, and lasts for 4 days, beginning on the 13th of the month. This is an important festival for the farmers and people who are into agriculture. Every place, from a tiny motel to a 5 star hotel in Chennai, will partake in this celebration yearly.

Tamil New Year

Celebrated in the second week of April, this day marks the beginning of the year for Hindus. From sweets to savoury murukkus, you can find yummy festival food all over Chennai at this time of the year, and if you are staying at a hotel like Turyaa Corporate, even your fine dining restaurant might offer you special New Year delicacies.


Dedicated to the second son of Lord Shiva, Thaipusam is all about Lord Murugan. Worshippers make and keep their vows on this day every year and when their prayer is answered, they stick to their vows and go through with the promise on this day.

Karthigai Deepam

This is also a festival dedicated to Lord Murugan. Translating to Lights of Karthigai (November to December), this is a brightly lit affair that is a wonder to look at.




Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+




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