01-09 Nine Emperor Gods Festival
This Taoist celebration takes place over nine days; devotees practise a vegetarian diet to cleanse themselves, opera shows are staged, and vegetarian stalls are set up around town. The festival culminates on the last day with a loud and lively procession.
01-09 Navratri Festival Celebrated by the Hindu community, this festival is observed by devotees praying to the goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati for power, wealth and knowledge. A spirited procession takes place on the last day.
02 Awal Muharram
A quieter affair, Awal Muharram is the first day of the Islamic calendar and is usually observed at home with family and special prayers.
The Festival of Lights is a bright affair celebrating the victory of light over darkness with burning oil lamps, open houses, special prayers and intricate kolam designs (made of coloured rice or beans).