India, a land of Tradition and culture has several States which are popular for special festivities. Kerala, which is also known as God’s own country is a perfect destination for vacation. If Nature is what inspires you, bang on, you got to be in Kerala. Kerala celebrates a great food culture, is strong in Ayurveda and is blessed with greenery. Want to know about the festivals and events in Kerala? Here are the few important festivals of Kerala:
It is the biggest festival of kerala and the celebration continues for 10 long days. There was an era of king Mahabali where people lived in harmony and prosperity. This festival is celebrated to honor the homecoming of King Mahabali. You are sure to enjoy the kathakali dance. There are indoor and outdoor games carried out during Onam. Rangolis are formed at the entrance of every house as it is considered an omen. The most popular activity that is carried out in Onam is the boat race. You will get to hear the regional songs that are sung in praise of the king. This is the harvest festival of kerala and is celebrated between August and September.
This is considered to be the New Year of Malayali people which is based on Malayalam calendar. The festival is celebrated in the month of April. One can experience firecrackers everywhere in Kerala. You must try out the delicious Payasam. Vishu Kanji is also a must experience.
Thrissur is a place in Kerala where Vadakkunnathan Temple exists. ThrissurPooram is a two hundred old year festive celebration which has been followed by generation after generation. The traditional Puja is carried out for 36 hours. The puja ends with fireworks. This festival is celebrated in praise of Lord Shiva, the creator and the destroyer of the Earth. There are around 50 elephants who parade in the street just at the sound of beating drums. Isn’t it exciting. The ThrissurPooram Festival is celebrated in the month of April.
One of the must experience festival of Kerala is Theyyam Festival. It is carried out from December to April. It is an 800 year old festival celebrated by Malayali people. There are three stages of this festival. The first stage involves adorning oneself with colors, flowers and mask. The second stage is the stage of self-torture. Dancing on a rhythm is the third stage. You will get to understand the mythological stories through the medium of dance. There are around 400 cultural dances performed at Theyyam Festival wherein the participants are dressed as deities.
Kerala is known for backwaters. The kerala boat festival is celebrated for various reasons. It is usually carried out between July to September. You will get to see different sizes of boats, enthusiastic participants and cheering audience. You can witness the boat festivals at Champakulam Moolam Boat Race at Alappuzha, Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Alleppey, Payippad Jalolsavam and Vallam Kali at Punnamada Lake.
This festival is usually celebrated at most of the Indian states, however, Kerala will give you a different experience altogether. Maha Shivratri is celebrated in Aluva on the banks of Periyar. This festival is celebrated between February-March. Most of the devotees of Lord Shiva keep a fast on this day. There are several cultural performances on Maha Shivratri. The ancient ritual of Bali is also carried out by some devotees to please Lord Shiva. The sale of merchandise also takes place.
It is one festival of Kerala which hosts the largest female crowd annually and it has a place in Guinness Book of World Records for the same. A festival where there is no bound of caste, creed and culture is the Attukal Pongala. In this festival, Pongal is offered to Attukal Devi, the incarnation of Goddesses Parvati. The Temple is located in Trivandrum. The festival is celebrated between February and March and it is a celebration of 10 days. The Pongal is prepared on the mud made Chulah and delicious taste of Pongal is sure to lure the tourists. Do try it out and seek the blessing from the Goddess
Thus, there are several other festivals and events that Kerala is popular for. All you need to do is keep a check with the locals and you are sure to get the right information from them. You got to check the climate of the city that you are planning to visit as Kerala has a hot and humid climate. Secondly, you got to prepare yourself with the food culture of Kerala. And thirdly, be prepared with the basic regional words which are frequently used in Kerala. Hope this article has been informative to you. Do experience these festivals and cherish the moments.