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Festivals

The land of Kerala is abounding with festivals like the rest of India owing to its rich cultural and religious heritage. Celebration is a way of life here, whether it is a religious or social, traditional or modern festival, new attire and sumptuous feasts are a must.

 

Besides the famous festivals of Hindu, Muslims and Christians which are celebrated in India and the world over, there are a few unique and exclusive festivals which the land takes pride in.

 

Kerala’s spiritual spirit can be vividly experienced during its festivals. The various religious festivals celebrated in Kerala showcases some of the most unique rituals and customs of Kerala. While some of these customs have strong religious overtones, others are associated with local history or ancient folklore. Whether it be the arrival of fresh crops or embracing the New Year or merely the addition of a new member to the family or just the dawn of a new day, rituals and customs are a part of them all. They are a way of life for the people of Kerala.

 

Festival Month Location

State celebrations

Onam

August-September

Vishu

April - May

Local Festival

Hindu

Makara Vilakku

January 14

Shrine of Sabarimala

Attuvela Mahotsavam

March-April

Vadayar village

Chettilkulangara Barani

March

Chettikulangara temple in Alappuzha district

Tiruvathira

December-January

Machattu Mamangam

February

Vadakkancherry in Thrissur district

Karkidaka Vavu Bali

July- August

Kottangkulangara Chamayavilakku

Kottangkuangara Devi Temple in Kollam District

The tusker parade

Aanayoottu

June- July

Thirunakkara Arrattu

Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam district

Adoor Gajamela

Parthasarathy Temple at Adoor in Pathanamthitta district

Thrissur Pooram

April-May

Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur district

The trance link

Thaipooyam Mahotsavam

Koorkancherry Sree Maheswara Temple in Thrissur district

Malanada kettukazcha

Poruvazhi Malanada Temple at Adoor in Pathanamthitta district

Kodungalloor Bharani

March-April

Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple at Kodungalloor in Thrissur district

Christians

Feast of Holy Cross Shrine

September

Holy Cross Shrine Mapranam Thrissur

Manarcad Perunnal

St. Mary's Church in Kottayam district

Parumala Perunnal

January

Parumala Church in Pathanamthitta district

Arthunkal Perunnal

St. Sebastian's Church in, Alappuzha district

Muslims

Kanjiramatton Nercha

January

Kanjiramattom Mosque in Ernakulam district

Pattambi Nercha

Pattambi Mosque in Palakkad district

Celebration Through Art

Theyyam

Poothan-Thira Kali

Darikan Kali

Maargamkali

Tholapavakoothu

Mudiyettu and Padayani

Kummattikali and Thiruvathirakali

Mohiniyattam

Kathakali

Kalaripayattu

 

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