The residents of Chandigarh are extremely genial and fun loving. They are absolutely friendly and free minded and they try to cherish their life to its fullest. The youth here have cool and dandy attitude but at the same time they also focus on their studies. Chandigarh establishes latest trends for today’s modern culture and heralds new fashions in contemporary society.
Punjabi is the chief language spoken here but apart from that, Hindi and English are also widely used. People from all over the country have assembled at Chandigarh and so they present the fine blend of entire north India that reflects upon the culture of Chandigarh. The city houses people following different religions amongst which Hindus comprise the majority of the population. Sikhs come second and Muslims, Christians, Jains and Buddhists follow next.
Chandigarh citizens are food lovers. Makki di Roti, Sarson ka Saag, Dal Makhni, Kadhi, Punjabi Chhole, Shahi Paneer, Palak Paneer, Kadhai Paneer, Stuffed Vegetable Punjabi Parantha, Baingan da Bhurtha, Punj Ratani Dal, Butter Chicken, Punjabi Lachha Paratha, Chicken Tikkas, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Biriyani, Amritsari Fish, Tandoori Fish, Bhuna Ghosht, Kebab, Fish Tikka, Lamb Biriyani, Keema Naans, Malai Tikka, Reshmi Tikka, Pork Pickle, Roh Di Kheer, Baalushahi, Jalebi, Malpua, Sheer Korma and Lassi include the special cuisine of Chandigarh.
The most important and chief festival of Punjabis is Baisakhi. Celebrated in the month of April, this festival marks the beginning of harvest season and also evinces the anniversary of the foundation of Khalsa Panth. This celebration of Baisakhi is organized at Parade Ground in sector 17 or sometimes at the Leisure Valley in sector 10.
Teej Festival, celebrated in the first week of August, is the traditional feast that honors and hails monsoon. Organized at Rock Garden of sector 1, Teej Festival is specially featured as women’s festival. Women participate in this celebration enthusiastically. They ornament themselves with brand new clothes, twinkling jewels and colorful bangles and together they make merry. Dance performances are arranged and fun fairs are organized at the time of Teej Festival.
Chandigarh Mango Festival, organized at Pinjore Garden is celebrated in the month of June. This unique festival provides a fabulous opportunity for the mango growers to exhibit their crop. The agricultural universities take part and display their hybrid varieties of mango. The food industries that make mango jam, juice, pickle and such other canned products use this as a very good platform to showcase their products as well as get in touch with the mango growers.
Festival of Gardens originally known as Rose festival is organized at Leisure Valley in sector 10. This festival, celebrated in the last week of February involves music concerts, classical and folk dance performances, exhibitions by local artists and flower shows.
Chandigarh Carnival celebrated in the month of November every year is a three day long festival. Organized at Leisure valley in Sector 10 by the Chandigarh administration, Chandigarh Carnival provides an exceptional stage to children and senior citizens so that they can come forward and showcase their talents.
Chrysanthemums Show is a flower show that exhibits distinct floral varieties and arranges various gardening competitions. It is organized at Terraced Garden in Sector 33 in the month of December every year.
Chandigarh Plaza Carnival is a weekly event that is held every Saturday in sector 17 at the open stage. This carnival provides an excellent platform to the local artists to come forward and bring their talents to the lime light. They include actors, singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats and comedians.