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Chennai (Madras) Events

Diwali (Deepavali)

A major Hindu festival; this festival of lights is punctuated with firecrackers from dawn and fireworks at night, new clothes, gifts of sweets and the lighting of Diyas and small candles in homes.

Date: 12 November 2023 - 12 November 2023
Venue: Throughout the city.


Karthigai Deepam

Festival of lights with lamps and firecrackers celebrated on the full moon evening in the Tamil month of Karthigai. On this occasion, people clean their houses and light lamps, which are moved to different places in the house and are arranged near the doors, windows and balconies.

Date: 26 November 2023 - 26 November 2023
Venue: Throughout the city.


Chennai Dance and Music Festival

One of the largest music and dance festivals in the world - a celebration of classical music and dance of South India (Carnatic style), which is held at a number of venues around the city. The city comes alive with the festival which has now developed into a cultural extravaganza with thousands of participants. Performances include vocal and instrumental music as well as dance by artists of all ages.

Date: 16 December 2023 - 16 January 2024
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


Republic Day

Military displays and cultural performances mark the annual event which marks the birth of the country's constitution.

Date: 26 January 2024 - 26 January 2024
Venue: Throughout the city.


Arts Festival

Spanning music, dance, drama and other art forms, this annual event provides a showcase for national and international performers.

Date: 01 February 2024 - 29 February 2024
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Kalakshreta Arts Village.


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