Kerala Festivals The Cultural Unity

Kerala Festivals:

Onam:

Onam is a major festival celebrated in Kerala. This is the Hindu festival celebrated at great devotion. On this day the devotees welcome King Mahabali, the ruler of ancient Kerala. During this period the people of Kerala lived happily with love and prosperity. So the festival celebrated in the significance of welcoming Mahabali to his native land. The festival falls in the month of August or September and famous as harvesting festival. Boat races and Kathakali dances are the major attractions during this festival celebration.

Vishnu:

This is the festival of New Year for the Malayali people. Generally, the festival arrives in the month of April. The famous Kani-Kandl prepared in the previous night and devotionally offers to the deity of Krishna. The households prepare payasam and Vishu Kanji. The youngers decorate their houses beautifully and fire the crackers with joy.

Thrissur Pooram Festival:

This is the temple festival. The devotees have been celebrating 200 years at Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur. The devotees worship Lord Shiva, the priests perform traditional puja for 36 continuous hours. The festival celebrations conducted in the month of April. During the festival celebrations, around 50 clad of elephants pass through the streets with great pomp.

Theyyam Festival:

This is one of the ancient festivals in Kerala. The festival is the combination of great fun and Pomp. During the celebrations nearly 400 varieties of dances performed at great pride. The theme of the dances revolved around the mythological stories. The festival celebrates from December to April every year. People dressed as deities by adoring colors, flowers and masks. They dance rhythmically to bring the pleasure to the spectators.

Kerala Boat Festival:

Kerala is the combination of beautiful Lakes, Long Rivers, and the Arabian Sea. These are famous for Boat race. The Kerala Boat races are famous all over India. The riders used different sizes of boats, the group of riders shows the team spirit and great enthusiasm. Many organizations conducted boat races. During this time all major lakes and river canals are busy with the participants and spectators. The boat festival is conducted between July to September.

Attukal Pongala Festival:

The festival is very famous and holds its record in Guinness book of world record for hosting female crowd watching this festival celebration. All caste and creed people participated in this festival celebration. The festival celebrated in the month of February or March at Attukal Devi temple near to Thiruvananthapuram. The devotees believe that Goddess Parvathi incarnated as Attukal Devi. The large number of women attends the temple and offer Pongala to Goddess Attukal Devi