Pondicherry has mixed Indian and French culture. It is an ideal place for tourists as well, where they can wear dresses of their own wish. It is an Indian union territory, where you can easily wear traditional and western attires.
Locals of Pondicherry would like to wear traditional clothing. They are greatly influenced by the Indian culture.
Traditional costumes of men in Pondicherry:
These days, men can be seen in shirts and pants. Policemen wear kepi in red colour.
Traditional costumes of women in Pondicherry:
Women like to wear saris with blouse and long skirts. Females avoid excessively short and beach wears as they can cause unwanted attention of people. Even nudity is not permissible in Pondicherry.
The indigenous individuals of the Pondicherry have Tamil origin. However, it is also a home to people from other states too along with Europeans. The influence of France still remains in Pondicherry.
Festival costumes of Pondicherry:
Pondicherry is known for its vibrant festivals and culture. During the festive season, the atmosphere of this union territory of India has full of excitement and attracts locals and people from other parts of the world. The place is known as the home of the Lord Sulramaniar. It also has so many Devi (Hindu mother goddess) temples like Angalamman and Muthumariammam. French influence also plays a big role in some of the exciting Pondicherry’s festivals.
Fire walking festival is a popular festival in Pondicherry, wherein many people participate in ritual and severe several austerities. They also take fast of forty days. People wear cloths of saffron colour. When the main night comes of this festival, people walk bare-footed and take a bath.
Sedal is one of the most famous festivals of Pondicherry, when thousands of devotees enforce self-torture as self-abasement. Participants pierce little hooks, spears in tongues and delicate various parts of the body. On the festival, devotees wear turmeric-strained costumes.
Mask or Masquerade is celebrated in the months of March and April. The festival is greatly influenced by the French rule. It shows stunning fancy cloths and marks. Participants wear them and move around the streets singing and dancing.
Bhagavathi temple festival shows historical Indian dance, performance i.e. 'Thiraiyattam'. On the promising ‘Masimagam Festival', people celebrate on the full moon.