If you love partaking in festival celebrations, be sure to add a visit to Kerala to your agenda. The various religious festivals including the Christian, Muslim, and Hindu ones are celebrated with equal tenacity in this Indian coastal state. You should also consider signing up for Kerala tour packages because they provide guidance on the places where the merriment continues with utmost zest and gusto.
In the below-listed details, you can find some of the festivals that are commemorated in Kerala.
In Kerala, the 10-day festivities of Hindu festival Onam are hosted between the months August-September. The fiesta is held in honour of King Mahabali who was Kerala’s ruler during earlier times; his reign is considered to be a golden era. As part of the celebrations, boat races and Kathakalli performances are held.
As per the Malayalam calendar, Vishu marks the beginning of the New Year for Malayalis and is celebrated in April. During this festival, ‘Kani Kanal’ is prepared and offered to Krishna deity.
Held in April, Thrissur Pooram is a famous temple festival that is over 200 years old. For 36 hours, the people hold the celebrations at Vadakkunnathan Temple,accompanied with fireworks and various pujas. Lord Shiva is worshipped by the deity’s devotees.
More than 800 years old, the Theyyam festival is held from December to April. You can view 400 different kinds of dance performances during the celebrations. You must make sure to avail the Kerala tour packages for enjoying the gala events to the optimum level.
The boat festivals in Kerala, famous for its legendary backwaters, are held from July to September where you get to view different sizes of boats. Also, there is good cheer amongst the participants. One of the most popular boat races is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that is held in Alleppey.
The months of Kumbham between the months of February to March is when the Maha Shivratri festival is held in Kerala.On the Periya River banks, at Aluva, the celebrities are held on a grandiose scale.
This festival has found its place in the Guinness Book of World Records because it is hosted by the largest percentage of womenon an annual basis. During February to March, as part of the revelry, the temple of deity Attukal Devithat is located at Thiruvananthapuram temple serves as the host. Pongala is offered to the deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
If you are touring Kerala fromFebruary to April or May, there are several temple festivals to visit. These are held at Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple in Alappuzha; Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram; LokanarkavuTemple, Kozhikode; Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple,Kottayam; Vaikom Temple, Kottayam; Chittur Bhagavathy (Bhadrakali) Temple, Palakkad.
The 7-day Makaravilakku festival starts from the propitious day Makara Sankranthi on 14th January every year. At Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Lord Ayyappa is worshipped as per the customs.
The Christmas celebrations at Kerala date back to 15 centuries ago. You can take part in Christmas Mass for joining in the festivities during your visit to the state during December.
Throughout the year, Kerala hosts varied festivals that include music performances, classical music, fireworks, the beating of drums and colour. The team spirit of the merry markers is palpable and surely will make your Kerala trip a memorable experience. Travelsetu.comis a choice of smart travellers. It is a one-stop destination to choose the most affordable travel packages.