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Puri Beach Festival

by Madhav Srinivasan 4 year, 11 months ago

The Puri Beach Festival is an annual event held on the exotic Sea Beach, Swargadwara in Orissa. The festival usually begins at November where one can experience cultural events, handicraft displays, rock performances, fashion shows and the local cuisine.

This colorful and energetic festival extends over a span of five days, between the 5th and 9th days of November. During this time, you can interact with the warm and friendly locals and learn about their magnificent heritage and culture. It is an excellent opportunity for the youth to showcase their various skills and talents. 

While retaining traditional and religious practices, the festival has also been evolving in such a manner that one can witness international rock bands perform here and fashion shows take place. You can enjoy a truly fulfilling experience while dancing to the music of international and local artists. Local dances such as the Odissi, Lambadi and Lepcha are performed on the beach and are a magnificent spectacle to view.

Sand art is extremely sought after and abundantly sold at stalls which line up the beachside during the Puri Beach Festival. You can feast on local delicacies and relish the Oriya cuisine. The beautiful skyline consists of an array of architecturally splendid temples including the Lord Jagannath Temple which is a famous historical structure. The festival starts off with the patriotic Vande Matram.

Unearthing the Grandiose Event

Since the festival is a combination of tradition and frolic, it attracts tourists from all over the world, giving it the status of an international festival. The festival was first celebrated in the year 1993 so that the artists could exhibit their creations and talents. 

The tourism industry has received a major boost due to this splendorous festival. It is conducted by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Orissa (HARA). The Government of India, Ministry of Tourism, the Department of Tourism, Development Commissioner of Handicrafts and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center and the Government of Orissa sponsor this festival and ensure that it is a large-scale success.

Puri Beach Festival and Beyond

The Puri Beach Festival is a commercialized event which takes place on the sea shore till the wee hours of the morning. Tourists enjoy the relaxed and serene beaches which are encompassed by a large number of temples and the beaches are packed with locals and foreigners as they take in the beauty of this fun-filled festival. 

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