Kerala Fair & Festivals
India is land of fairs and festivals. Similar is the case with Kerala, a land full of color because of festivals only. These fairs and festivals bear a long history and tradition running since ages. Kerala festivals constitute an integral part of the social and cultural structure.
One of the most revered festivals of Kerala Onam falls during the time of harvesting. Falling in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sept), this festival is great in every respect. Children on this occasion go collect flowers and decorate in front portion of their house. It gives them the opportunity to go for get together.
Vallamkali or Boat Races
Held in the month of August, Vallamkali or Boat Races constitutes the great backwaters of Kerala. With a dramatic spectacle and tens of thousands of people going spell-bound, one cannot miss the cheering action.
Most famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held annually on the Punnamada Backwaters of Alappuzha district. The event stands as a commemoration of the visit to this place by Jawaharlal Nehru, late Prime Minister of India.
Fine opportunity for merry making, this carnival dates back to the Portuguese New Year held in the wake of the colonial days.
An eight day festival, Jagannatha Festival is held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February/ March). The venue for the event remains at the Jagannatha Temple at Madathiparambu.
It is one of the gala events held in Kerala and organized by the state government. It is held in the famous Kuthiramalika Palace. It is at this place, Thiruvananthapuram, a great poet king of Travancore; Sri Swathi Thirunal composed many of his verses.
Every first month of Malayalam Calendar, (April-May) and the first day of Medam begin the celebrations as Vishu, the New Year day. With viewing good things on this day annually makes good fortune.
Attukal Pongala Festival
One of the few revered festivals in the world, devotees throng in lakhs who also assemble together in order to make offerings by cooking a pudding for the goddess in the Attukal temple.
Thrissur Pooram Festival
This is one of the most revered and spectacular festivals of Kerala. As it is celebrated in Medom (April-May), the festival parades the fulgent faces of Kerala culture.
Christmas is celebrated with utmost joy. You can always witness numerous churches brightening up as a result.
The festival of Hindus, Mahasivarathri is celebrated all over including Kerala. This festival is held on the occasion of Lord Shiva consuming poison (Kalakuda Visham). Mahasivarathri festival is held annually attracting thousands of pilgrims from all over the state.
The Bakrid is celebrated in wake of Ibrahim's (Abhraham) offering of his only son as a sacrifice. The Muslims are always seen enjoying hearty feasts on Bakrid day. As there is no dearth of rich people sacrificing a he goat or a bullock, it is distributed among Frieds, relatives and the poor.
The other significant Muslim festival is Idul-Fitr.
List of Local Festivals
- Jarram Nercha
- Nercha Festival
- Malappuram Nercha
- Kodikuthu Festival
- Chandanakkudam Festival