The main excitement of the Chandigarh is the crowded bazaars, which reminds the older Indian towns. Though the size and population of the Chandigarh has grown substantially, since it was created, the original inhabitants were the Punjabis. Though the dominant population is of Punjabis and Hindus, and the most spoken languages are Punjabi and Hindi, the city has experienced a cultural mix; with inhabitants from all across the country. The leisurely lifestyle has become a fast and busy one. Known to be the safest town in India, it attracts a large number of national and international students who contribute in its vibrant culture. Though you’ll find a lot of Senior Citizens and Retired Majors, yet both the generations have a capable understanding. The affluent crowd of Chandigarh is extremely fond of good food and clothes, but the city does not have a much talked about night life, but is catching up with some new clubs ready to sprout any day. Till then the crowds pass time at the regular clubs like Score and Black Magic. If you want to groove in daytime, then Aerizzona in sector 9 is the place for you. The rare concept of daytime clubbing can only be found here.
Some major festivals that the city celebrates together are Diwali, Gurupurab, Holi, Dussehra and Shivaratri. The city is the noisiest on the festivals of Diwali and Gurupurab. The schools hold parades at the occasion of Republic Day and Independence Day, to promote children's participation in such events. The occasion of Shivaratri is a big day for the Hindus here. Bhaang is a special treat for the day.
And if, luckily you plan a trip to the city when its roses are in its full bloom, then how can you miss The Rose Festival, a 3- day festivity, which is an integral part of the carnival calendar of Chandigarh. When it comes to writers and artists, the city houses some prominent artists. True it is, that city’s celebrations are not bound to the festivals only. There are frequent cultural shows and performances by singers, dancers and musicians, for art lovers and to encourage young talent. You can enjoy these performances at the Leisure Valley of sector 10, or be a part of the aesthetic exhibits at the City Museum and Museum of Evolution of Life in Sector 10.
That’s not all as there are three other bodies - Lalit Kala, Sahitya and Sangeet Natak Academy in the State Library, devoted to art, literature, dance and drama, which conduct various lectures, exhibitions and performances throughout the year.