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It marks the harvest festival of the agricultural community. Houses are cleaned and decorated, old clothes and mats are ritually burnt, cattle washed and decorated. A special preparation of rice and jaggery is made as an offering to God.
International Yoga Festival (January)
Amidst an international gathering yogic are is displayed through practise sessions, seminars and shows.
Maasi Magam (March)
The festival now a century old is celebrated just north of the fishing village of Kurichikupam. Deities from about 38 temples are bought in a precession to pondicherry and taken around the town to the loud accompaniment of nadaswaram.
Celebrated specially at karaikal the month long festivities are dedicated to Karaikal Ammaiyar and for 4 days the events from her life are enacted. The image of Lord Shiva is decorated and the Palanquin is taken as a precession through the streets of the town.
Bastille day (July)
It is marked by an Indo french pageantry. Uniformed war veterans march through the streets singing Marseillaise.
Fete de Pondicherry (August)
A cultural pageant coinciding with the liberation day and the Independance day. The parks monument is brilliantly light with lights.
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October is a good time to visit and in November there are rains. As Christmas and New Year are very important here, November and December are activity months and the best time to visit. After March it becomes hotter. Till June the summer lasts where the temp touches 40 degrees. Humidity is also high.