Festivals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, situated in the Bay of Bengal, is not just a beautiful tourist destination but also a cultural hub with unique festivals and fairs. The island boasts a diverse population, including indigenous tribes, settlers from the mainland and people of different religions and cultures, which is reflected in the festivals they celebrate throughout the year. From religious festivals to cultural fairs, the islands offer a wide range of events to tourists and locals alike. Read more to explore some of the most famous festivals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, that celebrates their rich cultural heritage.

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Island Tourism Festival

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are renowned for their diverse cultures, which come alive through captivating festivals and fairs, including the Island Tourism Festival, one of the most anticipated Andaman Nicobar festivals. Celebrated annually in January for about 15 days, this festival showcases the rich heritage of the islands. Visitors are treated to a vibrant array of cultural shows, food festivals, handicraft exhibitions and water sports activities, immersing themselves in the unique charm of the Andaman Nicobar Islands. It's an enchanting opportunity to experience the traditions and allure of these magnificent islands.

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Panguni Utthiram

Panguni Utthiram is an eagerly anticipated festival celebrated by the Tamil community residing in the picturesque Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This vibrant festival, usually observed in March or April, holds special significance as it pays homage to Lord Murugan - a deity widely revered in Tamil culture. The festivities kick off with great zeal and devotion, as devotees come together to participate in a grand procession. Adorned in vibrant traditional attire, devotees carry a beautifully decorated idol of Lord Murugan on their shoulders, carefully navigating through the streets. The air is filled with melodious hymns and rhythmic beats of drums, creating an enchanting atmosphere. During the procession, various rituals are performed to honour Lord Murugan, invoking blessings, and seeking divine grace.

Monsoon Music Festival

The Monsoon Music Festival is a festival that is held every year in Port Blair - the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The festival celebrates the monsoon season and is dedicated to promoting local music and musicians. It features various performances, including classical, folk and contemporary music.

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Subhash Mela

Subhash Mela is a festival that is celebrated in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the memory of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. This festival is celebrated on January 23 to commemorate Bose's birthday and includes various cultural events, exhibitions, and sports activities. The festival is an important event for the local residents as well as visitors.

Beach Festival

The Beach Festival, held in November or December, is a vibrant celebration that takes place on the beautiful beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This festival brings together the best of cultural events, food festivals and exhilarating adventure sports activities. Some of the iconic beaches that host these festivities include the breathtaking Radhanagar Beach, the serene Elephant Beach and the picturesque Kalapathar Beach. With their stunning natural beauty as the backdrop, these beaches become the perfect venues for the beach festival, attracting a multitude of tourists each year.

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Apart from these festivals, Diwali and Holi are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated in October or November and is a popular festival among the Hindu community. Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated in March and is a fun-filled festival that is enjoyed by people of all ages. Additionally, if you're looking for a great stay option on Havelock Island, check out Barefoot at Havelock, Andaman. With its beautiful location, comfortable accommodations and excellent service, our luxury resort is one of the best options for a memorable stay in Andaman. Explore more about the Indigenous tribal culture in Andaman here.