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Festivals of Kerala


Kerala is also known as land of festivals. Here are some famous festivals, celebrated in Kerala. 


                     Onam is the harvesting festival of Kerala. This is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Kerala and this festival celebration time is August-September. Duration of Onam festival is 10days and in this time period lots of traditional cultural events are performed. Dancing, music, games, special foods etc all are included in this festival. Some of special cultural events are like…

  • Vallam Kali (boat races), 
  • Pulikali (tiger dance),
  • Pookkalam (flower decoration),
  • Thumbi Thullal (women's special dance form),  
  • Kummattikali (mask dance), 
  • Onathallu (martial arts),
  • Onavillu (music),  
  • Kazhchakkula (plantain offerings), 
  • Onapottan (costumes),  
  • Atthachamayam (folk songs and dance)


                     Vishu is also a very important festival in Kerala. It is actually astronomical New Year festival of Kerala. Generally Vishu celebration happens on 15-17th of April and this day is considered as a very fortunate & good day in Kerala. Vishu is also famous for… 
  • Vishu Sadhya (Vishu Feast),
  • Kainettam (Gift on start of New Year)

Christmas Celebration in Kerala 

                     Christmas celebration is also one of the biggest festivals in Kerala. This festival starts from 23rd December and continues to 2nd of January. Kerala peoples enjoy these colorful festive days. They organize parties, parade, rode shows etc. They do huge shopping, parties and decorate whole state.  

Temple festivals

                     Temple festival is also a very important and widely celebrated festival in Kerala. This Temple Festival is actually the annual festivals of Kerala’s temples and this celebration continues to some number of days. Many big temple authorities participate in this festival. Generally in this festival idols of God are taken out from temple for a road procession. Lots of heavily decorated elephants carry the idol of God. People offer rice, coconuts etc to the God and they offer their traditional holy songs to God. This colorful and holy festival is world famous.  

The Sree Padmanabha Arattu 

                     The Sree Padmanabha Arattu is Lord Sree Padmanabha’s royal and heavily decorated procession. This royal celebration happens twice in a year. Kerala Police, Indian Army, Air force and obviously thousands of devotees participates in this royal celebration of God Padmanabha.

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