A quick question first. How often do you see a Municipal Corporation organise some awesome, or say any events at all for that matter? Never, right? They keep the streets clean, that’s a big deal, you would say. But listen here, the Chandigarh Administration is different. Not just that they organise a lot of events every year, their events are actually too good to miss. And every time the guys go a step ahead to organise these events, we can’t help but feel proud!
1. Rose Festival
You talk about events in the Tricity, and don’t talk about ‘Rose Festival’? Impossible! The three-day extravaganza is not just the celebration of the mighty rose of the spring, as it is generally taken to be, but it’s a celebration of the spirit of the city beautiful and it’s never-dying youthful culture. The Rose Festival every year comprises of some really fascinating competitions, exhibitions, and high-base musical performances. In fact, the last time organizers went over board to include ‘helicopter ride’ in the itinerary of the 3-day fest – and it was fun.
2. Jaspal Bhatti Chandigarh Humour Festival
Who doesn’t know Jaspal Bhatti? f you are from North India, you must have grown listening to the awesomeness of his comedy. Now that he is no more, the unique class of his comedy is celebrated by the Chandigarh Administration in the form of a 3-day annual Humor Festival, aptly named after him. The festival features some of the best comedians and artists of India, and when we say best, we mean it. Now guess what? It’s a ‘free entry’ event. You get to witness the likes of Atul Khatri, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, and Sunil Grover all for free!
3. Chandigarh Theater Festival
Chandigarh is undoubtedly the theater hub of the region. With so many theatrical events going on at any time of the year, and numerous theater groups having emerged out of the city in the past few years, it definitely is! A very magnificent celebration of the city’s theatrical culture is the annual Chandigarh Theater Festival. The three day festival features the best of best from the world of theater, and is certainly the event the admirers of the art look forward to every year.
4. The Chandigarh Carnival
‘Carnival’. Well, it is as cool as it sounds. The Chandigarh Carnival is, believe us, too good to be missed. It’s fun, simply put. The 3-day (again!) festival held in the month of November/December every year features competitions, fun activities, art exhibitions, joy rides, and lots of amazing food! It is also a platform for the institutions and organisations of the city to showcase their best, and attract tourism to the city beautiful.
5. Chandigarh National Crafts Mela
The Chandigarh National Crafts Mela is being held at the art hub ‘Kalagram’ in Chandigarh from the last eight years. And it has come a long way since then. Attracting the best, and absolutely astonishing specimens of art and crafts from across the country, the ‘mela’ which lasts more than week in the month of January is always an art-admirers delight. The last year’s theme was ‘From North to North East (Kashmir to Kohima)’. Exciting, isn’t it?
While the list of events (in general) in the city beautiful is never ending, these were the best organised on part of the UT Administration. So, all set with your plans? Which all are you attending? Tell us in comments!