Kerala, the small piece of land located in the south-west part of Indian Peninsula is commonly known as god’s own country. Kerala is famous throughout the world for its peculiarity in the geographical features and the consistent climate throughout the year. Infinite number of tourists are visiting Kerala every year to explore the evergreen beauty and the rich culture and heritage of this “land of coconuts”.
While discussing about the scope of tourism in Kerala, we couldn’t forget about the various festivals and fairs in our land. Festivals in Kerala always demonstrate the religious and the cultural durability of our state and they also provide opportunities for the local people to enjoy, socialize and portray their untapped talents.
The solid identity of our state is, we strictly follow the traditions and rites of its festivals. Vibrant dance performances, musical concerts, creative firework shows, embellished elephants etc are the common sights you could enjoy throughout the year.
Some of the popular festivals in Kerala are:
1. Onam Festival :
This is the most famous festival celebrated in Kerala usually at the end of august or at the beginning of september every year. It is a harvest festival too. This ten days long festival is celebrated in honor of the king Mahabali who once ruled this land and also impressed the lord Vishnu by his sincere devotion and humility. People over Kerala organize various colorful events in connection with the celebration of Onam. During this festival, people buy new cloths, make delicious food and organize various events and games. The main day of this celebration is “Thiruvonam” which is the last day of the festival. Onam is considered to be the most celebrated festivals of Kerala.
2. Thrissur Pooram :
This is one of the most splendid and enchanting festivals in Kerala. This festival was first celebrated by Sakthan Thampuran- who was the maharaja of Kochi state. Thrissur pooram is celebrated in the malayalam month of Medam and that usually comes in the month of april or may. Various cultural events and artistic performances were arranged along with this festival. Processions from devi temple and Krishna temple are another attractions of this festival. The parade scene at the Vadakkumnatha temple is such a beautiful scene.
3. Vishu :
Vishu, the festival of light and fireworks is one of the famous festivals in Kerala. Vishu is considered as the hindu newyear and it comes in the month of madam in the malayalam calender. The main elements that comes in association with the celebration of vishu are “vishukkani”, “vishukkaineetam”, “buying new dress”, “vishu sadya”etc . The main items of vishu sadya are vishu katta, veppampoorasam, vishu kanji, mambazhapulisseri etc.
4. Aranmula boat race :
This event is known as “Kerala boat festival”. This is held at Pampa river in Aranmula which is nearer to the temple with idols of lord Krishna and Arjuna. Every year, Aranmula boat race is held in the month of August/ September. The main attraction of this event is the beauty of pampa river along with the decorated large-sized snake boats ridden by oarmen dressed up with traditional attires. This sight is really an amazing one. This boat race events lasts for seven days and hundreds of boats will participate in the event, every year.
5. Nehru Trophy boat race :
Nehru trophy is a boating race competition which is held in Punnamada lake in Alappuzha. This event is conducted in the second saturday of August, every year. In the year of 1952, our first prime minister of India, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru became a part of this boat race and he handed over the rolling trophy to the winner. After that incident, this particular boat race even got the name “Nehru Trophy boat race”. Every year thounsands of people from different parts of the country comes here to encourage the competitors.
For the tourist’s information, when you plan a trip to Kerala, try to get dates that are closer to the dates of any of the festivals mentioned above. Thus you can enjoy the beauty of this land from another angle too.