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City Twinning : Coimbatore, India – Esslingen, Germany

Esslingen Coimbatore Association (Esscom) is found under the Societies Act, 1975 to facilitate the twinning between both the cities and was found in Nov 2008.

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India’s festivals are a celebration of God with hymns & songs, dance, sweets, new clothes and dishes and joyous reunions of families with the one common agenda of kinship. The major festival in the South is Pongal. It is celebrated by bowing before the Sun God and the worship of cattle. The festival lasts for 3 days to celebrate the farmers’ fruits of labour.

Tamil New Year, April 14th, brings in new hopes and wishes where people visit places of worship seeking good fortune and health for the rest of the year. This one-day festival is celebrated with food, kolam, new clothes and prayers.

Navratri, the 9-day celebration is held as a salutation to the 9 forms of the ruling goddess, Durga. North Indians adorn themselves in bright and colorful ghagras and dance Garbha and Dandia. Rich sweets, happiness, music, and laughter reverberates through this joyous festival.

Diwali, a much-awaited festival, is a 3-day festival celebrated with fireworks, diyas, new clothes and sweets.

Temple festivals enlighten ones spiritualism and unite relatives and friends. These days are spent in revered rituals bringing goodwill for the family and community. Perur Patteeswara Temple celebrates Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December and January. March – April brings Panguni Brahmmotsavam and float festival followed by Aani Sapling Planting Utsavam in June – July. Koniamman Chariot Festival is celebrated on March 1st every year. Thousands of people join their hands together to pull the chariot for processions through the main streets of Coimbatore. In August, people prepare themselves for Aadiperuku and come to offer their prayers. Navarathri is celebrated with religious fervour and fasts for 9 days. A 15 – day Chithirai festival during April and May is observed by devotees of Sri Mariamman Temple. Similarly, Marudhamalai Temple observes Thai Poosam, Vaikasi Chariot Festival and Karthigai Deepam. The year ends with Arudra Dharisanam and Margazhi Pooja in December.

Eid, Christmas and Easter is celebrated with the same spirit as other religions. One can see clean, decorated houses filled with cheerful laughter and smiles. Similarly, Ramadan and Good Friday is observed with much prayer, fasting and charity.