List Of Kerala Festivals :
Kerala has a number of religious festivals. It has embraced its traditions and cultures with grace. Kerala festivals will be enjoyed by all the people which is filled with culture. However, the dates going to be changed every year as per Malayalam Calendar. The culture is exhibited through Kathakali is 500 years old dance.
At Festival time, people clean and decorate their homes, wear new clothes and exchange gifts. Even Elephants also an important part of Kerala’s festivals. Every mosque, church, and temples have its own celebrations.
The major festival in Kerala is Onam. It’s a Hindu festival that celebrates Lord Vishnu’s Victory. Onam is a 10 days event that starts on Attam and ends with Thiruvonam. Onam celebrates during Malayalam month of Chingam where August to September. The spirit of King Mahabali returned to the home on this day. Mahabali, who used to rule Kerala during ancient time.
Everything between games, dance, songs, boats, and flowers combine to make onam as a celebration and traditional feast on a fresh banana leaf. At this time, All restaurants serve a traditional feast.
Thrissur Pooram :
Thrissur Pooram and Chettikulangara Bharani are the major temple festivals in Kerala and New Year for the Malayalam people. This festival is celebrated in the month of April – May. The Thrissur Pooram is conducted at the Vadakumnathan temple, Thrissur.The beauty of this festival is 101 bedecked elephants. They celebrate this festival for Eight days.
During these days there are flag hoisting, fireworks, elephant decorations, and parade. Thousands of people take part in this festival where you can find traditional music, celebrations, and other attractions.When the evening sky filled with firecrackers tells that end of festival.
Attukal Pongal :
This festival for 10 days and recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the largest women gathering in the world where men are not allowed into the temple. This temple is offering Pongala to Attukal Devi ( Goddess Of Parvati ) whose temple close to the Thiruvananthapuram city.
This festival comes in the month of February. The beauty of this temple festival is where women’s wear traditional attire and on 9th day they will join together to cook Pongal in a clay pot on an open fire.
Makaravilaku is held at Sabarimala on the month of January 14 and famous for the seven-day festival which is an auspicious day of Makara Sankranthi. Sabarimala is the temple is devoted to Lord Ayyappa also called as Dharma Sastha or Hari Hara Putra. Here Hari means Vishnu, Hara means Shiv and Putra means son.
Theyyam Festival :
Theyyam is an ancient dance and its a form of worship in Kerala. It’s an 800-year-old festival and about 400 types of cultural dance performed by people dressed as deities.
The performer goes through three stages, the first stage is adorning themselves with colors, flowers, and mask, the second stage is self-torture and the third stage involves dance to the rhythms in front of shrines. Today, these events draw crowds in the thousands and watching great artisans.
Vishu marks beginning of a new year by residents of Kerala. Vishu celebrates in the month of April. This is known as the Vishu Kani which means First Sight as they believed that upcoming year where people open their eyes to witness this sight in the morning and its signifying prosperity for the rest of the year.
The devotees put together several fruits and vegetable in front of the idol of Lord Krishna.In this festival where the money is gifted to younger members of each family.
Kerala Boat Festival :
Kerala is famous for its backwater rides and celebrates on the occasion of Aranmula Uthrattathi. Snake boat or Palliyodam is part of a rich culture which adorns the beautiful boats. The temple Aranmula Parthasarathy was attacked by enemies and people from neighboring areas sents their snake boats to protect it. Now they are celebrating this festival in the month of July to September.
People with large numbers go to events to watch these snake-shaped boats. people cheering this event and who comes first will offer trophy. The race is conducted in the holy Pampa River. The beautiful river, lakes and Arabian sea all are part of these backwater rides.
Most popular races are Nehru Boat Race (13th Aug 2016) Trophy in Alleppey, Champakulam Moolam boat race in Alappuzha, Vallam Kali at Punnamada Lake and Payippad Jalotsavam in Payippad Lake. Remaining three boat races in 16 or 17th Sept 2016.
In the state of Kerala, Christians population are increasing day by day. Due to this reason, Christmas holds a strong position in Kerala. This festival marks the Birth of Jesus Christ. During the time of 23d Dec to 2nd Jan is filled with shopping, Decorating the tree and with gifts, lights and colorful items.
There is a variety of eyeglasses like Christmas star, Christmas tree, and Christmas cake. Christmas father is the most important person who is accompanied by many children. Santa Claus or Santa is an important figure believed to bring gifts to the children’s. santa looks like an old man with fat belly and dressed in red clothes with a white border.
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