Festivals of Kerala denote color,
vivacity, appetizing food and a variety of prayers and rituals. The
multiplicity of festivities in Kerala also enrich the Indian culture as
these are related to almost anything that is of importance in life. There
are countless fairs and festivals round the year, packed with fun and
frolic, enthusiasm, excitement, gaiety and rituals that makes Kerala a
favorite tourist destination. Few significant festivals are:
in held in the month of August/September every year and is the most popular
festival celebrated in Kerala. This ten day festival involves singing,
dancing, feasting and religious ceremonies. This harvest festival is
celebrated to welcome the legendary king Mahabali. Intricate floral
decorations are made on the courtyard to welcome this king on his visit to
his beloved subjects. The most exciting feature of the festival however, is
the snake boat races held at several places on the palm-fringed lagoons.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the annual water carnival at Punnamada Lake in
Alappuzha is considered as the biggest snake boat race in the world. The
colourful boat pageantry, which precedes the boat race, is a marvelous treat
to the onlookers. The snake boats with 100 to 120 oarsmen plough the waters
to the tune of the legendary songs. Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most
famous of the boat races of Kerala. The event is a commemoration of the
visit to this place by the late Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru,
Attukal Pongala this is the one and the only temple festival in the world
where lakhs of women assembled together to make offerings by cooking a
pudding for the goddess in the Attukal temple. It is taken home after the
chief priest of the temple will come and sprinkle the holy water and will
shower the flowers. This festival will come to an end in the evening with a
procession from the temple.
Pooram is the festival of festivals. It is conducted at the great
Vadakkunnatha temple of Trissur. In the evening of Pooram day, two lines of
13 elephants face each other, on the ground south to the temple. Between the
two lines of elephants stand percussion and wind orchestras. As each
orchestra reaches a crescendo, a new display of brilliant ceremonial
umbrellas blossoms over the elephants and the supporting crowd applauds.
This continues till sunset when the elephants depart and late at night, the
darkness explodes with a magnificent fireworks display.
Navarathri this festival is in praise of mother Saraswati, the goddess of
knowledge and music. A musical concert of reputed classical singers is held
every evening for nine days at the Navarathri Mandapam of the Sree
Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
Deepavali the happiest and the festival of lights is held through out India
.In night countless oil lamps are lit followed by bursting crackers.
Christmas comes to our mind land with the season of mist. It gleans with
the message of eternal peace in the torched and troubled lives. Lights,
sweets, songs and fireworks greet the son of God.