A profound influence of the culture heritage of Madurai is seen over its people too. Though the people of the city are slowly adopting the modern lifestyle, their value system remains intact. The social fabric of the place is well fabricated and its people live in harmony with each other. They follow a very simple lifestyle. Though the city never sleeps, people start their day early. The daily routine begins with a religious bath. Then, they offer prayers and light the lamps.
They make abstract patterns with flour at house entrances and finally
visit temples. The people are polite, good natured, cordial and
friendly. They respect, and adhere to, their traditions strongly. They
wear traditional clothes like Sari and Dhavani. Madurai people believe
in simplicity and are hard working, sportive and cultured. The best mode
of recreation for them is cinema. The local dialect may not be
understood very easily, but is definitely music to the ears.
The culture of Tamil Nadu is famous for its hospitality and the same
holds true for Madurai too. The people here are warm and welcome the
visitors with open arms. Even a stranger is treated humbly, with utmost
concern. Madurai people usually have a helping attitude and go out of
their way to make their guests feel comfortable. They are cheerful and
relaxed in their daily life. It is due to this reason that the crime
rate is relatively lower here.
Madurai has become a great commercial as well as a learning centre. It
is because of this reason that there is a great influx of people in the
city from various parts of the country. Though the city now presents a
blend of different cultures, its people have preserved the essence of
their ancient culture and are proud of their heritage.