In Kerala life is a celebration. Here festivals are cultural events that bring people together from all walks of life, castes and religions. This rich and electric mix of festivals and fairs makes Kerala a comfortable home for Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.The festival season begins by Aug-Sept after the rains.
“Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam
Manushar ellarum onnupole......”
The time honoured hymn in praise of Mahabali goes on. It means “when Mahabali was reigning every body was like the other”. Onam is the rumination of the memory of a brilliant yesterday of plentyfullness. May be a utopia. But Malayali doesnot care. For this dearest and sweetest memories of the past are mostly linked to Onam.
the new year according to the Malayalam Calender is an eve of great celebrations. Vishu falls in the month of April- May, the season of yellow cassia flower, in English calender. Vishu day is considered to be an auspecious day for new beginnings. The elders in the family give gifts to the younger once.
The attention shifts to Thrissur for Thrissur Pooram in the month of late April or early May. The main attractions of Thrissur Pooram is the long line of ornated elephants, colourfull umbrellas (Kudamattom), fire works (Vedikkettu) and high rising sound of the traditional percussion “ the Panchavadyam”.
Apart from this, Kerala offers festivals and fairs round the year. Few major ones are the Nishagandhi Dance festival, Food Festival (second week of February) Gramam - the Kerala village fair, Deepavali (October), Kalpathi Radholtsavam (November), Tourism week Celebration (Dec 26 to Jan 1st ) and Swathi Sangeethotsavam (Jan 27- Feb 2) and so on. Whatever you see or feel you will carry home the finest memories and moments from Kerala.