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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Chandigarh?

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It’s in the festivals of Chandigarh where you can truly sense its dual bond to two distinct cultural fabrics, that of Punjab and Haryana. A city that really needs the flimsiest of excuses to deck up and truly party all day, some of the more popular festivals in Chandigarh are:

  • Baisakhi

You will find the Gurudwaras and temples crowded with devotees and just the general atmosphere charged with energy as people gear up for day and night long celebrations on 14th April, the day Baisakhi falls. A harvest festival, it is celebrated as all festivals are in Chandigarh, with a great deal of excitement. Dance shows of folk dances like Bhangra, are put on by men and women usually at Leisure Valley in sector 10 or Parade ground in sector 17. Spicy, mouth watering aroma of local specialities will waft your way from the food stalls here.

  • Mango festival

If you visit Chandigarh in June do take a trip to Pinjore Gardens for the Mango festival it is usually venue to. You may find it difficult to calmly stroll past display of endless varieties and hybrids of mangoes without drooling liberally. But before the delicious aroma drives you crazy, walk over to the processed foods section where you can buy mango jams, pickles and canned varieties.

  • Festival of Gardens

In a city full of gardens, each as unique and incredible as the next, you would think a festival dedicated to gardens might be a bit of an overkill. But it is really a celebration of the natural wealth the city is blessed with, with the blooming flowers painting it different riots of colours. Held in spring, February, in Leisure valley, the festival initially started as a Rose festival, designed to encourage people to visit the Rose Garden. Now gaining momentum, when you visit it, you will see, in addition to the flower show, various cultural programs consisting of classical and folk dances, musical performances and exhibitions by local artists.

  • Teej 

Celebrating its bond to the ‘other’ state, Haryana, Teej is quite an affair in Chandigarh. A festival special to Haryana, Chandigarh is one of the few cities where it is celebrated now. Falling on the Hindu month of Bhadrapada and dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the festival is as much a celebration of marital bliss and purification of own body and soul as it is of the arrival of monsoon. As you can imagine the festival is special to women, who observe fast and participate very enthusiastically in it. Rock Garden generally serves as the venue for the festivities. You will come across women decked up in traditional wear, with their hands painted beautifully with mehndi.

Come to this city of song and dance and soak yourself in the rainbow of colours that come your way!

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