colorful mosaic of Kerala fairs and festivals is as diverse as the
land, is an expression of the spirit of celebration, that is an
essential part of the State. Observed with enthusiasm and gaiety,
festivals are like gems, ornamenting the crown of Kerala tradition and
culture. Round the year the fests keep Kerala life vibrant and
interludes in the mundane affairs of life.
Every season turns up new festivals, each a true celebration of the
bounties of nature. The festivals exhibits an eternal harmony of
spirit. Packed with fun and excitement, festivals are occasions to
clean and decorate houses, to get together with friends and relatives
and to exchange gifts.
New attire, dance, music and ritual, all add to their joyful rhythm.
It is a time for prayer, for pageantry and processions and time to
rejoice. The important fairs and festivals in the state are
- The 10 day Onam festival is kerala's most important festival,
honouring King Mahabali, a mythological king of ancient Kerala, whose
period was reckoned as the golden age in the history of the
state. He was the embodiment of virtues, goodness, so was his regime
which was marked by equality and harmony among people.
Thrissur Pooram - The most spectacular spectacle in
the state. This festival was introduced by Sakthan Thampuran, the
Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi state. Celebrated in Medom (April-May) the
festival parades the fulgent faces of Kerala culture. With every
passing year Tthrissur Pooram, the temple festival, attracts large
masses of devotees and spectators.
Aranmula Uthrittathi - The famous snake boat carnival on
the Pampa, held annually at Aranmula on the day of Uthrittathi
asterism, in connection with the Onam festival is to commemorate the
crossing of the river by Lord Krishna on that day. The deity is
supposed to be in all the boats that take part in the carnival and all
of them are expected to arrive a t their destination simultaneously.
Easter is the oldest Christian festival, as old as
Christianity itself. The central tenet of Christianity is not the
birth of Jesus, but his resurrection. Easter is derived from this
paschal mystery and from the events of Good Friday.
Thiruvathira Festival - The festival falls on the
asterism Thiruvathira in the Malayalam month of Dhanu
(December-January). On thiruvathira morning, devotees throng Shiva
temples for an early worship which is reckoned as highly auspicious.
Tradition says thiruvathira is celebrating the death of Kamadeva, the
mythological God of Love. According to another version, Thiruvathira
is the birthday of Lord Shiva. The festival has similarities to adra
darshan celebrated in Tamil Nadu.
Idul-Fitr, of late known by the misnomer 'Ramadan' is
one of the two festivals of Islam. Ramadan is the ninth month of the
lunar year. During this month the Muslims observe fast, giving up all
kinds of food and drink during day time, and spend the major part of
the night in devotion and prayer.
Makaravillakku at Sabarimala - For centuries,
Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta has been a major pilgrim centre
attracting lakhs of devotees from all over India, more so from
southern States. The presiding deity is Lord Ayyappa known as Dharma
Sastha, a considered symbol of unity between Vaishnavites and Saivites.
Darma Sastha is believed to have fulfilled his mission in life and
rejoined his Supreme Self, enshrined at Sabarimala.
Vishu- The Malayalam new year is celebrated by
bursting crackers and going to temple.