Festivals in Chandigarh
Apart from traditional religious festivals of India, people of Chandigarh enjoy many local festivals.
The Rose Festival is celebrated at Rose Garden in the month of February end or beginning of March. It is the biggest Rose Show in the country. Over 500 exotic varieties of roses are displayed in the three day long celebrations. The festival features performances of music and dance, both classical and folk, flower shows, events for children, exhibitions by local artists, photographers and craftsman and a wide range of other activities.
Companies put stalls to exhibit their products during the festival.
The Rose Festival has been included in the National Calendar of Fairs and Festivals of the Ministry of Tourism.
The Mango Festival
It is celebrated in the month of June at Pinjore Gardens. Generally over 2,000 mangoes of different varieties grown in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are displayed at the festival.
Mango growers from all over India get together at one place giving a chance to public to taste the varieties of mangoes. At the festival, mango products like juice, squash, jams, pickles and aam papad are also displayed. Agro and food industries processing units display their jams, pickles and canned fruits.
The Chrysanthemums Show
A flower show is held every year in the Terrace Garden of Sector 33 in the month of December . The Chrysanthemum Show attracts a lot of visitors as well as participants to Chandigarh. Hundreds of varieties of the flower are on display and city gardeners vie for coveted honors in the competitions.
The Chandigarh Carnival
This carnival is celebrated in the second week of November (just before Children’s Day) every year for three days. The carnival opens with a colorful procession followed by number of competitions. The carnival is a time for students and children to show their talent and elders too participate in a number of competitions.
The Plaza Carnival
Every Saturday evening, people of Chandigarh enjoy the three-hour Plaza Carnival held on an open-air stage set up in Sector 17′s central plaza. The carnival is free for all and draws a large crowd. It intends to promote local artists from every field. The attractions vary every Saturday and it could be anything from dance, music, and magic show to painting display, sculpture display, acrobatics, or mimicry.