Pondichery is the capital city and the largest city of the Indian union territory of Puducherry. The city of Pondicherry is situated in Puducherry district of the union territory. It is affectionately known as Pondy. The history of the city of Pondicherry is recorded only after the arrival of Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists.
The culture of Pondicherry is different and exciting. The city has a strong influence on French culture. Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary is celebrated on the 15th of August when devotees gather to the ashram and pay homage to his soul. Every year, the Mask Festival and where International Yoga Festival is celebrated in March when people make merry by dressing in fancy costumes and masks. Bastille Day is another popular festival, where French war martyrs are honored. Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi are very famous. Tamilians in Pondicherry follow the tradition of beautiful figures at their doorsteps, called ‘Kolam’.
Best Time To Visit:
The temperature varies between 30 °C to 18 °C. In October and November. Winter sets in by December and lasts till March. The best time to visit Pondicherry is between the month of October to November. Christmas and New Year are eminent in this season, with joy and enthusiasm. It also sees an increase in the activities at the Aurobindo Ashram.
People in Pondichery:
French culture had a major impact on the lifestyle of the people and many of them still follow French culture, though Tamil culture is also largely predominant. Pondicherry is home to 675,000 people, out of which Tamil people form a majority. There are sizeable communities from other states, especially Odisha, Gujarat and West Bengal. An important minority community consists of French people and those from other European countries.
The festival in Pondichery is being jointly organized by People for Pondicherry’s Heritage, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and PondyCAN, with the support of the government of Puducherry.
A number of events have been organized exclusively for the students, which include heritage quiz, tradition tours and the launch of a heritage coloring book. Pondicherry’s unresolved architectural legacy, the festival has now expanded its scope to squeeze all manner of insubstantial traditions. “We boast a diverse built environment, an idyllic seaside natural setting, a rich spiritual and intellectual history, and fascinating combination of ethnic and imported cultural practices. It is the interaction of these factors that gives Pondicherry its distinctive flavor”, say the organizers.