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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most famous festivals and events of Port Blair?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Come to Port Blair during one or the other major festival here to see it in all its glory. There's nothing like a decked up Port Blair, buzzing with swarms of its enthusiastic people during some of the major events and festivals. Consider planning your trip to Port Blair around any of these festivals to have a gala time:

  • Island Tourism Festival

This is the most eagerly awaited event in the entire region, with the natives anticipating its commencement that usually takes place in December or January. Hailed as the biggest tourism promotion event of the whole Andamans, it sees a flurry of activities. During this festival, the whole of Port Blair comes alive with cultural activities, exhibitions and art events. You'll be nothing less than lucky to get a place to stay during this festival, for it sees crowd pouring in from all over the world.

  • Jute Fair

Though the dates for this festival are not fixed, declaration is made well-in-advance.If Indian handicrafts and such arts interest you, there's no escaping this one. Art aficionados from far flung regions make it a point to attend this one, for it brings to fore the beautiful, artistic side of the craftsmen and their wondrous work in Jute. Take your pick from a host of these eco-friendly products that includes fancy bags, gifts, textiles, footwear and more - all made out of the wondrous Jute.

  • Subhash Mela

January brings this much loved fair to the lanes of Port Blair, with people gearing up to celebrate this one in all gusto. Be a part of this fair that marks the birthday of Subhash Chandra Bose and sees some awe-inspiring cultural and traditional performances by many of the renowned artists as well as the natives. With winters bringing out the best of Port Blair in January, it's the perfect time to pack your bags and get going.

  • Pongal

Get a taste of the fervour that sweeps over the whole of Andamans at the time of Pongal in mid January, as this festival brings out the natives in all their pomp and glory. Spread over a period of three days, this grand festival has residents worshipping Sun. And if you thought it'll be a boring ritual, it's time for a revised opinion. Colors, gaiety, fun, and a whole lot of delicacies are synonymous with Pongal in Port Blair. Our word - don't miss it.

  • Onam

Think of festivals in Port Blair, and the first word that comes zooming in the mind is - Onam! Yes, for watching the streets of Port Blair is an out-of-world experience. An unnerving energy sweeps through the lanes in the month of August and September every year. Music, dance, rituals, food and a lot more woos people to the town during this festival. And while you lose yourself to all the fun, take a look at the natives, women all decked in the best of their jewels and outfits, while men busy themselves in sports and a hell lot of action.

  • Durga Puja

Only this ten day celebration can win over Onam. In case you have missed being a part of fun and fervour of Onam, you ought to come in for this one. The entire Bengali community of Port Blair hits the festival mode with such gusto for this festival that you can smell excitement in the very air. Join in the fun that has got an amazing divine touch as well, with the celebrations hovering around the worship of Maa Durga, considered the most powerful of all Hindu deities. It's Port Blair at its fashionable best.

If you thought that this is all that this beautiful city has got for events and festivals, here's a rider. Life, in Port Blair, is a celebration every day. With the Sun rising from beneath the surrounding waters and moon acting as the guiding star at night, you don't really need any one specific day for celebrations in Port Blair.

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