Pongal Harvest Festival
The Pongal Harvest Festival is one of the biggest annual harvest celebrations in Tamil Nadu held in January.
'Pongal' means the 'boiling over' of rice and milk during the month of Thai. The 3-4 day celebration marks a period of plenty, peace and happiness when families gather together to celebrate the harvest.
Republic Day Parade
January 26 was chosen to honor the declaration of independence of 1930. A national holiday in India, a parade takes place by India's armed forces in New Delhi, followed by displays from other Indian states depicting local activities, music and songs.
Festival of Holi
A religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Holi is also known as the Festival of Colour. Bonfires are lit on the eve of Holi, while the main day is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other.
Held at the end of the winter season, the festival usually lasts for two days and celebrates many religious myths and legends.
Diwali, Festival of Light
Diwali is also know as the 'Festival of Light'. Usually held between mid-October and mid-November, the lighting of candles and small clay lamps signifies the triumph of good over evil.
New clothes are worn, sweets and gifts are exchanged between friends and family and fire crackers are set off in order to drive away evil spirits.