Tamil Nadu is a land of temples. Temples
and festivals go together. Festivals are not only religious occasions
but also cultural and commercial land marks. They are part of the life
of the people. They help family re-unions. People meet at festivals which
are designed to ensure individual happiness commingled with social joy
and domestic éclat. At Ekadasi and
Skanda Shasthi festivals, devotees
go on fast. All the other Hindu festivals are occasions of great feasting.
The seasons of the Tamils are called Kar, Kuthir, Munpani, Pinpani, Ilavenil
and Mudhuvenil. Each of two month duration they denote the cloudy, rainy
and chill weather respectively.