Fairs & Festival
In kerala, life is a celebration. A close look at the kerala calendar
will reveal that this is a land where the festivals never end, adding
to the magnificance of the festivals of kerala are fleets of caparisoned
elephants, mounted by men holding white plumes swaying in the air
the - most breathtaking of kerals's visual wonders. While there is
no dearth of festivals in the state, the excitement speaks during
the season of onam, exemplified in the legendary boat races and the
week - long festivities, understandably, all these celebrations take
place with a lot of fanfare.
Onam is the annual harvest festival of kerala. Celebrations are
on for ten days, beginning with the atham day of the malayalam month
Floral decorations, Elephant processions, Thiruvathirakali, Classical
and folk dance performances, Classical and folk music recitals,
Cultural pageants, Water carnivals.
This festival held at Thekinkadu Maidan at Thrissur in the month
Pageant of 30 caparisoned elephants assembled in the precincts
of the vadakumnathan temple. The nearby paramekavu and thiruvambadi
temples are also participants in the festival. Kudamattam (changing
of umbralla from hands to hands) Chendamelain (kind of drums) Panchavadyam
(five typical instruments played) Spectacular fireworks display.
Champakulam Boat Race
This is one of the most popular boat races of kerala.
Pceremonial water procession, Spectacular water floats, Decorated
boats, Vanchipattu (folk song of the oarsmen). The chundanvallom
(snake boat, over 100 feet in length, with a Raised prow similar
to the hood of a snake) race.
This festival is celebrated in the month of Vrischikam (Nov -Dec).
Display of light in the evening is a unique part of the festival.
Thiruvathira falls on the month of Dhanu (December-January) and
is a women's festival. It commemorates the death of Kamadeva, the
cupid of Hindu mythology. The aim of the celebration is conjugal
harmony and happiness. The dance form Thiruvathirkkali is associated
with this celebration.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Allepey)
This is the greatest event on the backwaters of kerala, is held
on the second saturday of august every year. Magnificent snakeboats
compete for the prized trophy which was instituted by jawaharlal
nehru, the first prime minister of india.
Ceremonial water procession, Spectacular water floats, Decorated
boats, Vanchipattu, Races of smaller country crafts, Chundanvellom
Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (Allepey)
The event is a memorial
to the former prime minister. Colourful water procession, Water
floats, Boat races.
10 km from chengannur. This traditional boat race conducted at sree
parthasarathy temple, aranmula in connection with the onam celebrations
is more of a water fiesta than a competition.
Another national festival. Deepavali means the festival of lights.
There are many legends connected with the festival. Some say that
it is a celebration of sree krishna's victory over the demon narakasura;
others hold that it is the day sree rama returned from exile.
All houses are lit with rows and rows of small earthern oil lamps.
Special devotional rites to lakshmi., The goddess of prosperity.
Entire day of merrymaking and feasting. Distribution of special
deepavali sweets. Fireworks and crackers.
Christmas is celebrated with equal enthusiasm by all communities
in kerala. Stars decorate houses right from the second week of december.
Christmas trees, decoration and festive music ring through the state.
Midnight mass and special rites at all christian churches. Social
and cultural events. Fireworks and colourful illuminations.
Indira Gandhi Boat Race
Indira gandhi boat race on the cochin backwaters. The race is organised
as part of celebration cochin. Over sixteen snake boats participate
in this scintillating event. 14 january 2002
Makaravilakku at sree dharamasastha temple, sabarimala. This is
one of the few
occasions when the temple is open to the public.
On the evening of makara sankranthi, the makara vilakku/makara
jyothi ( the light of kakara) is believed to be seen on the eastern
horizon. Thousands of pilgrims gather here to witness the event.
Special devotional rites Devotees are decreed to practise severe
austerities and total abstinence for 60 days before climbing the
hills to the temple.
16 km from thiruvalla, pathanamthitta, on the banks of river pamba
in february, every year. Considered the largest gathering of christians
in asia, Bible study and discourses by scholars from india and abroad,
Religious readings, Hymnals, Faith healing sessions, People arrive
in country crafts (valloms)
Jarram Nercha - Thervath Mosque, Pallanchathanur
Nercha Festival - Ottapalam Mosque
Jarram Nercha - Theruvath Mosque
Malappuram Nercha - Malappuram Mosque
Kodikuthu Festival - Kanjiramattom Mosque
Chandanakkudam Festival- Beemapalli, Thiruvananthapuram
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