India has always been well known (since times immemorial) for its heritage and diversity in culture too. And festivals of  South India is second to none when it comes to festivals. The credit of bringing families together on a timely basis goes to these festivals. Let’s go ahead and take a good look at the seven most popular festivals of southern India.

1. Onam

Onam
Onam

It is the harvest festival of Kerala. And it isn’t only folklore, it is very practical also. play. Onam  is celebrated for 10 days and it starts on the same when the harvest season begins. Onam will be celebrated in the month of August or September.

2. Pongal

Pongal celebrates harvest also. It mostly falls on 14th of January every year. Its basically a Tamil Nadu festival. Pongal is celebrated for a continuous four days – first day being Bhogi, second day being Surya Pongal, third being Kaanum Pongal and the fourth day is celebrated as Thiruvalluvar Day.

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4. Hampi festival

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Hampi is usually celebrated in Karnataka in the month of November or December. Lord Ganesh will be given utmost importance in this festival. A procession including dance, drama, music, fireworks and puppet shows are the major attractions of this festival.

5. Dussehra

Dussehra
Dussehra

It shall be interesting to know that Dussehra is also known as Navarathri. It is celebrated for nine days with every three days celebrating Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Durga Devi. This festival marks the victory of good over the evil. Cultural shows, music shows, torchlight processions are some of the highlights of Dussehra.

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7. Thai Poosam

Thai Poosam
Thai Poosam

This festival celebrates Lord Muruga in Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated every year in Palani Dhandayudhapani temple. Muruga’s staunch devotees pierce needles and hooks in different parts of their bodies and also walk on fire during Thai Poosam.

8. Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The Nehru Trophy Boat race takes place every year on the second Saturday of August. This boat race is said said to be the biggest ever snake boat race in the world history.

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10. Natyanjali Dance Festival

Natyanjali Dance Festival
Natyanjali Dance Festival

As a mark of respect to Lord Nataraja, dancers from all over India gather at the Chidambaram Temple and showcase their dancing skills to the fellow dancers. It is also attended by tourists all over the world.

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