Sunday, February 25, 2024

Festivals & Fairs

Festivals - Hindus | Christians | Muslims


Chitrai Festival

Chitrai is the first month of Tamils. In this month a festival is held to celebrate the advent of spring. On the full moon day, the images of gods and goddesses from the temples in and around Madurai  are taken to the bed of the river Vaigai, in colourful processions accompanied by the hundreds and thousands of people and musicians. The atmosphere is one of mirth and merriment. The festival marks the marriage of Madurai's powerful presiding deity, Meenakshi with Lord Shiva.

It marks the end of  one financial year and the beginning of another for agriculturists in Madurai district. Payments  for servants engaged in agricultural operations are made on yearly basis  i.e. from one Chitrai festival to the next.