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Art & culture, Madurai


The people of Madurai,
are polite, good natured, cordial, friendly and harmonious. They have good respect for tradition. They prefer wearing traditional clothes like Saree and Dhavani Maduraiis called the Athens of the East. Rich in culture and tradition, the city sports a pristine oriental flavor in all its ancient monuments and age-old rituals and festivals. Home to architectural marvels like the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal,Madurai is the epicenter of commercial and business activity in South India.

People: Madurai is home to people of diverse classes, castes and communities. There are Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sindhis, Marwadis, Anglo-Indians, Maratis and a whole lot of other minor communities. The place also has a large concentration of Malayalis (people from neighboring state Kerala), Telugu and Kannada communities (people from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka). A popular tourist destination, Madurai sees a lot of tourists all year around.

Couture: Since Madurai is home to people from various cultural backgrounds, the city sees different kinds of couture. Hindus follow the traditional costume culture of Tamilnadu – dhoti for men and saris for women, whereas Gujaratis, Jains, Telugus, Kannadigas, Sindhis and others follow their traditional wear. However, the youth of the city dress up in modern costumes like jeans, tshirts, blazers etc. The city houses a lot of international brands like Levi’s, Gucci, Armani also.

Festivals : Madurai is famous for its spirit of festivity. There are a number of festivals celebrated in the city, forming an important part of its cultural heritage. People from across the globe gather here to be a part of these festivals. All the major festivals in the Madurai city of Tamil Nadu are celebrated with great pomp and show.