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Chennai (Madras) Events

Republic Day

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

Date: 26 January 2018 - 26 January 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Diwali (Deepavali)

Major Hindu festival; festival of lights punctuated with firecrackers from dawn and fireworks at night, new clothes and gifts of sweets, small candles lit at dusk outside homes.

Date: 05 November 2018 - 09 November 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.diwalifestival.org

Karthikai Deepam

Festival of lights with lamps and firecrackers celebrated on full moon. 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: 23 November 2018 - 23 November 2018
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 more than 2,000 participants. Performances include vocal and instrumental music as well as dance by artistes of all ages.

Date: 01 December 2018 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.