Festivals in ChandigarhWhether you are a music lover, art lover, flower lover, dance enthusiast or in general a fun loving person, the "Land Of celebrations" aka the city of Chandigarh is here to grab your attention. Chandigarh is a spectacular city with a lot of colour and enthusiasm in its social fabric. The generic nature of the city is very vibrant and grand celebrations of all festivals as well as special events are inbuilt in the DNA of the city. I was pleasantly surprised to witness the rich taste of cultural aesthetics and the grandeur and sophistication with which the carnivals and events are celebrated.
Popular Festivals and Events in ChandigarhSome of the popular festivals and events that are celebrated in Chandigarh that provides it with the distinction of being the “Land of Celebrations” are discussed below.
Festival of GardensEarlier this grand celebration was known as the Rose Festival and was christened as the Festival of Gardens in 1997. This event is celebrated generally towards the end of the month of February or towards the beginning of the month of March. It is one of the major flower and rose shows at the national level and spreads across 3 days of grand celebrations where around more than 500 varieties of rose flowers are displayed. It is celebrated in the Leisure Valley of Sector 10 and the celebrations are ornamented with various folk songs and dance along with a number of musical performances by local artists. The classical and the folk dances that are performed during this festival are a great attraction.
Chandigarh CarnivalThis is a must watch carnival of Chandigarh if one visits this beautiful city in the month of November. It is one of the most widely celebrated carnivals of the city of Chandigarh. This carnival also takes place in the Leisure Valley of Sector 10 and is a hub of celebrations for both young and old alike. The young talents are launched and promoted during this event. The senior citizens are provided with an opportunity to bring their talents to the forefront and are given a chance to feel rejuvenated by holding different competitions for them, which include the likes of painting competition, clay modelling competition etc. In order to make it easy for the senior citizens to participate, they are also provided with transport pick up and drop facilities. The carnival takes place for 3 days and is held just before Children’s day in the second week of November.
The Chrysanthemums ShowThis show is a treat for flower lovers. Various competitions of flower shows are held for gardeners during this event. Hundreds of varieties of flowers are on display during this event. It is held in the month of December and takes place in the Terrace garden of Sector 33. This event is visited by a lot of tourists and locals when it is held every year during the winter season.
The Mango Festival
The Plaza CarnivalOne of the major attractions for the locals and visitors of Chandigarh on a Saturday is this three hour long programme held in the Central Plaza located in Sector 17. This is nice musical show, which includes a lot of cultural programmes from the local talent. There are a number of song and dance programmes held every Saturday as a part of this event. It also includes performances on mimicry, acrobatics, sculpture modelling etc.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh becomes the central location for celebration of this festival. This festival is celebrated during the monsoon season, in the month of August. This festival is mainly celebrated by married women in order to pray for the longevity for their husband and for marital bliss. Many dance and cultural programmes are held as a part of the celebrations. Women dress up in bright clothing and bangles and display beautiful designs of mehendi on their hands.
Festival of Teej
BaisakhiThis is one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals of the city of Chandigarh. The advent of the season of harvest is marked by this festival and a lot of people visit the Gurudwaras to offer their prayers on the 14th of April, the day when this festival is celebrated. This festival is also a show of great festivities and feasts and people adorn new clothes and jewellery on the day of celebrations.
On the whole, there are a number of occasions during which the city of Chandigarh comes alive with joy, merriment and festivities. One should make sure that he/she enjoys these events and celebrations to the fullest during their visit to this splendid city of celebrations.