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Festivals in Tamilnadu  

This is the most important of all festivals to the people of Tamil Nadu. It is often called as "Tamilar Thirunal" or the Prosperity Day of the Tamils. It comes in the middle of January. It celebrates the arrival of fresh harvest and everyone appears in new garments with a beaming smile greeting each other on this day. New earthen pot is put on a hearth in a central place in an open corridor and newly harvested rice and milk are cooked. As the milk boils over, people shout in chorus "Pongalo Pongal! Pongalo Pongal!!” Pongal literally means boiling.


Republic Day
The Republic Day falls on 26th January. It is a national festival. Spectacular march past, cultural and gay pageantry mark the celebrations in the state capital and the capitals of the districts.


Dance Festival - Mamallapuram
This festival conducted by the Department of Tourism is generally held at Mamallapuram where monolithic rock sculptures of the Pallava kings are built on the shore. The dances are held on an open-air stage near these sculptures. A spectacular dance festival in a beautiful surrounding that brings everlasting joy to the onlookers.


Chitthirai Festival
Brahmothsavam or Chitthirai festival is the chief festival celebrated in all temples for 10 days. Every day 'urchavar' or the processional deity is carried in procession on different vahanas like horse,bull,swan,lion,sun,moon etc.The one at Madurai is indeed spectacular with Lord Vishnu landing on a golden horse for his sister Meenakshi’s marriage. One major festival day of the 10 days is the 'Arubathu­moovar Festival' day on which day all 63 Saivaite saints are taken in procession along with Lord Siva.

Good Friday
The holy day of the Christians is observed throughout Tamil Nadu.Churches all over Tamil Nadu would conduct special masses on this day.


Vinayaka Chathurthi
The birthday of Lord Vinayaka or the elephant-headed god. It is celebrated in all homes as well as in all Saivite temples and temples of Lord Vinayaka. The one celebrated at Pillaiyarpatti shrine of Lord Vinayaka is very famous. A gigantic ‘Modhaga' or 'Kolukkattai' using about 80 kilos of rice, jiggery, coconut and dhal is prepared. It is baked for 3 days and offered to the deity.

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    Dance can first be approached by dividing the performance into two parts: the sloka and nritta . The dance presented here is of the sloka variety.

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