Discover The Charms Of Chennai’s Margazhi Season!

“Margazhi” is the Tamil month that roughly falls between Dec 15- Jan 15. It offers a cool break to the people. It has much to offer!

Chennai’s “Margazhi” is the Tamil month that roughly falls between Dec 15- Jan 15. It offers a cool and misty break to the people of Chennai who experience sweltering heat and humidity through the rest of the year. However, Margazhi is not just about chilly days and chillier nights. This awesome month has a little something in store for everyone!

“Margazhi” is a celebration of music, dance and food!

Chennai hosts hundreds of concerts – many of them free, during this season. The sabhas (as concert halls are called here) are fully booked with Carnatic music recitals – vocal and instrumental. There are tons of traditional dance recitals and folk recitals to choose from. Live theatre, you name it- Chennai is the place to be if you love music or arts. You could be an amateur musician or a dancer yourself. Or you could just be someone who appreciates good music and dance.

Many sabhas have canteens that are manned by the popular chefs of the city during this season. Many wedding halls too are booked by these chefs where full course south Indian tiffins and lunches are served by the batch. Food is usually served in traditional style on a plantain leaf. Definitely worth experiencing once.

“Margazhi” is a religious and creative experience for all!

With the air heavier than usual, Margazhi tickles your spiritual and contemplative side. Although it’s only too tempting to pull the quilt over your head and get those additional moments of sleep, you’d be surprised at the early morning crowds in temples during C. “Thirupavai” is chanted through the month of Margazhi.

Almost every house is decorated with beautiful patterns called “kolam”. Even those who don’t bother with this chore for the rest of the year, make the time to draw at least a simple one during this season.

Final Thoughts

If you love holidays and everything that goes with it, you’ll love Margazhi. It also happens to be Christmas and year-end season. The season of forgiving, of course, but also the season of discount shopping, colorful décor at malls and shopping streets and delicious cakes.

The year-end can bring with itself a heavy feeling. However, Margazhi allows holiday celebration to extend well into the new year or until the Tamil month of Thai. Thai beckons all to face the new year with a lot of optimism as the saying goes – “Thai pirandhal vazhi pirakkum” – which mean “when Thai arrives …you’ll find a way”

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