important fairs and festivals in the state
Festival - The 10 day Onam festival
is kerala's most important festival, honouring
King Mahabali, a mythological king of ancient
Kerala, whose period was reckoned as the
golden age in the history of the state.
He was the embodiment of virtues, goodness,
so was his regime which was marked by equality
and harmony among people.
Pooram - The most spectacular spectacle
in the state. This festival was introduced
by Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of erstwhile
Kochi state. Celebrated in Medom (April-May)
the festival parades the fulgent faces of
Kerala culture. With every passing year
Tthrissur Pooram, the temple festival, attracts
large masses of devotees and spectators.
Aranmula Uthrittathi -
The famous snake boat carnival on the Pampa,
held annually at Aranmula on the day of
Uthrittathi asterism, in connection with
the Onam festival is to commemorate the
crossing of the river by Lord Krishna on
that day. The deity is supposed to be in
all the boats that take part in the carnival
and all of them are expected to arrive a
t their destination simultaneously.
- is the oldest Christian festival, as old
as Christianity itself. The central tenet
of Christianity is not the birth of Jesus,
but his resurrection. Easter is derived
from this paschal mystery and from the events
of Good Friday.
Festival - The festival falls on
the asterism Thiruvathira in the Malayalam
month of Dhanu (December-January). On thiruvathira
morning, devotees throng Shiva temples for
an early worship which is reckoned as highly
says thiruvathira is celebrating the death
of Kamadeva, the mythological God of Love.
According to another version, Thiruvathira
is the birthday of Lord Shiva. The festival
has similarities to adra darshan celebrated
in Tamil Nadu.
- Like Easter, this is the most important
festivals of the Muslims & Islam.
at Sabarimala - For centuries,
Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta has been a
major pilgrim centre attracting lakhs of
devotees from all over India, more so from
southern States. The presiding deity is
Lord Ayyappa known as Dharma Sastha, a considered
symbol of unity between Vaishnavites and
Saivites. Darma Sastha is believed to have
fulfilled his mission in life and rejoined
his Supreme Self, enshrined at Sabarimala.
- The Malayalam new year is celebrated by
bursting crackers and going to temple.