Float Festival

January

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Renowned as the ‘City of Festivals,’ the ancient town of Madurai celebrates the pulsating Float Festival on the full moon night in the Tamilian month of Thai. A grand procession begins at the Meenakshi Temple as enormous ornamental effigies of Goddess Meenakshi and her consort (incarnations of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva), are paraded through the streets on iconic floats done up with luxuriant blossoms and shimmering diyas.


Renowned as the ‘City of Festivals,’ the ancient town of Madurai celebrates the pulsating Float Festival on the full moon night in the Tamilian month of Thai. A grand procession begins at the Meenakshi Temple as enormous ornamental effigies of Goddess Meenakshi and her consort (incarnations of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva), are paraded through the streets on iconic floats done up with luxuriant blossoms and shimmering diyas.

Watch a sea of red and yellow clad devotees sprinkle coloured water on Lord Vishnu, as he gives away his sister Meenakshi’s hand in marriage to God Sunderesa. As the sun sets, these grand floats are siphoned across Lake Teppakolam which is a glittering, magical sight.

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