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Culture of Port Blair The Andaman and Nicobar islands is also called as 'Mini India' as people from different parts of India have migrated here. These people have diverse religious, social and cultural background and diverse port blair culture but they live in complete concord and harmony. All the major festivals of India are celebrated here like Diwali, Christmas, Eid, Pongal, Janmashtami, Good Friday, Durga Pooja, Onam, Holi and many more, with immense zest and enthusiasm. The Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar islands is mainly colonized by Christians.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are mainly inhabited by Negroids (Negrito) of Paleolithic Age, who are believed to have been migrated from Africa several thousand years ago. The Negroids are; Andamanese, Sentinalese, Onge and Jarawa of the Mongoloid origin. Nicobarese and Shompens chiefly populate the Nicobar group of islands. The new Port Blair culture is greatly influenced by the South Indian and Bengali way of living due to the close proximity of these places from the island.

Port Blair Culture History As the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar islands have been isolated from the modern civilization since many years, many people have not yet adapted to the use of clothes. The Jarawa tribes principally wear arm bands made of shell and barks, necklaces and waist bands and Shompens only cover their lower body. The Sentinalese tribes still don't wear any clothes. The denizens of Car Nicobar island used to cover themselves in coconut leaf petticoat and Onges didn't wear any clothes, but both these tribes have started wearing modern outfits. However, pearl beads, necklaces made from shells, waistbands made from bark fibre, headbands, armbands are still popular in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

The Andaman and nicobar inhabitants are hunter gatherers, horticultures and herders by occupation. They also excel in art and craft and make various wood carvings articles like bamboo and cane furniture, pearl necklaces, coconut lampshades,shell ashtrays, home décor items. Miniature Nicobari canoes etc. In port blair culture these items are a lot popular among tourists. Agriculture industry is also growing among the people here. Paddy, coconut, pulses, vegetables, oilseeds and variety of fruits like banana, mango, orange and spices like clove, pepper, cinnamon etc are also grown here.

There are around 1374 small scale industries and handicrafts units registered here which function in fish processing, production of polythene bags, mini flour mills etc. Apart from that people here also earn through the tourism industry and fisheries.

Because of diverse Port blair culture many festivals are celebrated here but the most exclusive festivals here include Island Tourism festival, Jute fair and Subhash mela.

The Island Tourism Festival is organized by the Andaman and Nicobar administration and is celebrated in the month of December or January annually. It is a 15 day long festival in which various entertainment activities, exhibitions and cultural performances of dance, drama and music are held and the entire Port Blair city basks in the spirit of festivity looking tremendously gorgeous and full of life. Some activities organized during this fiesta are Andaman Dog Shows, Nicobari Hodi Race, Parasailing, other Aqua Sports, Arts & Crafts Exhibitions, Demonstrations related to the Flora, Fauna & Marine Life of Andaman & Nicobar, Magic Shows, Puppet Shows, Baby Shows, Floating Restaurant, and many others. Various ethnic troops and international and national artists also perform during this festival.

The Jute fair of Port Blair is most treasured by the fans of Indian artifacts and handicrafts. Lovers of art and crafts from far away visit this place during this festival to choose from a wide range of decorative made of jute, wood, cane, coir, sea shells and more. Fancy bags, home décor items, souveniers, jewellery, mats etc are bought during the Jute fair of Port Blair.

Subhash Mela is celebrated at Havelock island in the month of January to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who led the Azad Hind Government during the World War II at Port Blair.

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