Festival & daily life in Pondy

19th International Yoga Festival in Pondicherry (January, 2013)

Government of Puducherry, department of tourism presents: international yoga festival in PondicherryYoga or the union with God brings inner peace, inner happiness and well being of a person. India being the home of many schools of yoga, a majority of population irrespective of age and gender practices it. These schools also attract the foreigners to India.

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Christmas Market at Lycée Français (1st Saturday of December)

Lampion for Christmas in a street of de Pondicherry - Photo by RafiCome December and the much celebrated festival worldwide vibrates the way of live. The preparation of special Christmas cake begins, market gets busy with selling of Christmas trees, nativity scenes, Christmas lights, gifts etc. along with prayers and carols.

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Diwali or Deepavali festival (end of October; mid-November)

Photo of deepavali festival in PondyIn the midst of today's busy lifestyle, Diwali gives an opportunity to pause and be grateful for what we have, to make special memories with family and friends, to laugh and enjoy what life offers us.

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French national day celebrated in Pondy (July 14th)

The French consulate of Pondicherry lighted with the French colors on the night of July 14th

1789, 14th July is a French popular revolt against royalty through the storming of the Bastille, a prison symbolizing the ruthless use of royal power.

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Ganesha Chaturthi (end of August; early September)

Ganesha Chaturthi festival in PondicherryIndia is a land of festivals and colourful celebrations continue the whole year round. There is never a month in the Hindu calendar that goes by without having a ‘Holy’ day marked on it. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayagar Chaturthi in Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu) is a very popular festival.

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Independence Day (August 15th)

indian flagAugust 15th is the founding date of modern India. It's the departure of British administration and troops, the new autonomy of a millennial culture, but the bloody separation of the subcontinent between two new political entities ...

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Karthikeya Deepam Festival (mid-November; mid-December)

As per the Indian lunar calendar in the month of Kartik (between Ashwin & Margshirsha) the full moon is known as Kartik Purnima and sometimes it is also referred as “Deva Diwali”... As per the solar calendar it corresponds to November–December. It comes exactly after 15 days of the celebration of Diwali.

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Kâvadi Thaipusam festival (mid-January; early February)

Children in the Kavadi Thaipusam festival in PondicherryThaipusam is a important hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamils, in honour of Murugan, the first child of Shiva and Parvati (also the brother of Ganesh, the god with the elephant head)...

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Kolam

Picture of a colorful kolam in PondicherryIt's early morning in Tamil Nadu, the sun is just rising while the tiny streets in the village areas are buzzing with activity...

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Koothandavar festival (end of April; mid-May)

Beauty pageants getting awards from officials after the beauty contestTransgender, transsexual, transvestite... many terms exist, and one must admit that sometimes we have trouble knowing what they define. These are new terminologies now commonly used, but which nonetheless describe physical and psychological transformations that have always existed.

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