Fairs and Festivals of Kerala
Kerala “The God's Own Country” has the outstanding fairs and festivals which allure tourist from every corner of the world. Fairs and festivals in Kerala also give the best opportunity to display the traditional performing arts and delicious cuisine of the land. Apart from that there are several temple festivals that are held in different parts of Kerala. If you want to experience the exotic land during the fairs and festivals in Kerala, take an introduction of these festivals, which are given below:
Vishu is celebrated in the month of April, it is one of the significant festivals of Kerala. According to the old traditional Malayalam calendar it is the 1st day of the New Year. The main event of the Vishu celebration is the 'Kani- Kanal'. Coconuts, fruits, cereals and Konna flowers are kept in big pots to prepare Kani. According to the local beliefs, if we you Kani good luck will stay with you till the year end.
Onam is one of the most popular and significant festivals of Kerala. It falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sept). It is celebrated with lots of fervor and gaiety. According to legends, Onam is celebrated to commemorate the home coming of Mahabali, the king who ruled over Kerala in the age of plenty and was pushed down to the Patala by Lord Vishnu in the form of Vamana. Onam festival is an example of religious harmony and provides for family get-together.
On the Mahashivaratri day, people throng all the famous Shiva temples to present their prayers to lord Shiva. It is also an important festival of Hindus and is celebrated in Kumbam (Feb-March). Maha Shivaratri Mahasivarathri festival commemorates the day on which Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison (Kalakuda visham) to save the world from destruction.
Asthami Rohini is celebrated with great fervor in the state. It is celebrated for the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated in the month of Chingam (Aug- Sept). Devotees visit the Krishna temples to present Pooja and prayers. Cultural programmes are also held to mark the occasion.
Thrikarthiaka festival display of light in the evening is an important and unique part of the festival. It is celebrated in the month of Vrischikam (Nov-Dec).
Christmas is also significant festival of Kerala. This festival is celebrated on 25th Dec. During Christmas, holy Mass is held in all the churches of Kerala. Singing of Christmas Carols, Setting up of Christmas tree, exchanges of cards, gifts etc form an integral part of Christmas festivities in Kerala.
Easter is also another most popular festival of Kerala. Easter is celebrated with fervor and dedication among the Christian community of Kerala. Easter generally falls in March-April. During the Easter celebrations, Christians go for mid-night mass as a memory of the resurrection of Jesus.