The culture of Pondicherry is diverse and vibrant. The city has a strong influence of French culture. Each year, the Mask Festival is celebrated in March, when people make merry by dressing in fancy costumes and masks. Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary is celebrated on the 15th of August, when devotees flock to the ashram and pay homage to his soul. It is also the site where International Yoga Festival is held every year. Bastille Day is another popular festival, where French war martyrs are honoured. \n\nWhen it comes to music and dance, Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi are very famous. Tamilians in Pondicherry follow the tradition of beautiful figures at their doorsteps, called ‘Kolam’. Even the craftworks in Pondicherry reflect Tamil and French cultures. ‘Puducheri bommai’ is a type of handcrafted doll and ‘kowai’ mats are made from a particular type of grass, grown locally. In the restaurants and bakeries of Pondicherry, you can find traditional Tamil cuisine, as well as French pastries, brioches and baguettes.
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