Kerala is a land of festivals where people of different community live amicably together by exhibiting their cultural and traditional prowess. Every community takes pride in its own set of celebrations and festivals besides coming together to enjoy the secular ones as well. Festivals of Kerala unite the community and people and offer them the opportunity to show their bond of strength and regard for the traditions.
Thrissur Pooram holds a special significance for the people and simply stands out from the list of Kerala festivals. Celebrated in the month of April-May, this festival demonstrates the diversity of the Kerala culture. A temple festival, it’s marked by a vivid procession, which kicks-off from Krishna Temple and Devi Temple. It involves plethora of attractions, including fold dace, caparisoned elephants, glittering fireworks etc.
When we talk of other festivals of Kerala, Vishu instantly crosses the mind for its popularity and auspiciousness. Observed on the Malayalam New Year’s Day, people on this day try their best to sight only the favourable things for better fortune all round the year. The biggest attraction of this festival is to make the kani (the auspicious gift) which is used for the first-time viewing of the family members when they remove their deliberately covered-eyes.
Payippad Jelotsavam Festival
The Payippad Jelotsavam Festival is another popular attraction in the Kerala calendar, which gets underway once the Onam festival ends. Lasting for three full days, it blends snake boat parade with boat race competition respectively for the first two and the last day.
Attukal Pongala Festival
Among the festivals of Kerala, Attukal Pongala is truly unique and ‘only of its kind’ for being the only one where only the women take part. On this special day, thousands of women, from across the state, gather together to seek the blessings of the deity in the Attukal temple by offering the pudding. In the evening, a procession is taken out and with that, the festival ends amid great fervour and joy.
Kerala has always been a land of great diversity with hundreds of festivals being celebrated all over the state. Some other festivals of Kerala include Theyyam festival, Makaravillakku at Sabarimala Festival, Christmas Festival, Easter, Eid and Muharram. Being a state of mixed population, every community celebrates its festival with great enthusiasm and fanfare to add to the charm of the state.