Saturday, July 19

Festivals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Palm leaves dancing in the mild breeze, powder white beaches, the sound of waves breaking on a coral reef, lush, green rain forests and chirping rare birds-this is what the Andaman and Nicobar Islands essentially are. An archipelago of islands, islets and rocks, this Union Territory of India is home to some of the oldest tribes in the country. Though facilities for trekking, diving and snorkelling are available here, the best way to enjoy a trip to these islands is simply relax by the sea.
A ten-day long festival of dance, drama and music. Exhibitions, displaying arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life, are part of the event. Aqua sports and parasailing are added attraction.
This archipelago situated in the Bay of Bengal is a land of many cultures and customs. One of the exotic holiday destinations and synonymous to paradise on earth, this island destination houses many festivals that it has imbibed from the mainland. Among all, the Janmashtami Festival is celebrated with much vigor and zest. The festival takes place on the month of July-August.

The festival marks the birthday celebrations of the most lovable God in Hindu mythology Lord Krishna.

  • Bhajans and Kirtans are sung in praise of Lord Krishna. The Lord in His infant form is worshipped in very household. All the houses are beautifully decorated with lights and flowers.

  • Raas leelas and events from Krishna's childhood life are enacted accompanied by songs and music.

  • Devotees keep long fast till midnight. Special dishes are prepared to treat the Lord with love and then are taken by the devotees.

  • Alms are distributed and every needy is given food and gifts. A strict vegetarian diet is followed.

  • Island Tourism Festival is a fortnight long festival organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration every year (December - January) gives a festive look to the Islands. Govt. agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and Mainland India also attend the exhibition organized during the festival. The exhibition highlights the developmental aspects of these islands. Cultural troupes and artistes of national and international fame are invited to perform during the festival apart from performances by the talents of these islands including tribals. Water sports competitions like Nicobari Hodi race are organized. Other attractions are Magic show, Puppet show, Floating restaurant, Baby show, Dog show, Canoe Race, Scuba Diving etc. The festival projects the image of the islands as an eco-friendly tourist destination.