Enjoy the colour and drama of India’s festive pageantry
Float Festival, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
This magnificent festival is celebrated in Madurai on the first night of the full moon in January or February and will take place on 19 January in 2012. The ornamented icons of the goddess Meenakshi and her consort are taken out in a colourful procession from the Meenakshi Temple to the huge Mariamman Teppakulam Tank. The icons are floated in the tank on a raft decked with flowers and flickering lamps.