Festivals Tour of Kerala
Kerala wakes up to some festival
or the other every day of the year and Keralites are addicted to the festivals.
In short ' Keralisation' of the festivals of different communities is the unique
feature of Kerala life.
Onam Festival Tour
Onam in August September every year is the
most popularly celebrated ,ten day singing dancing ,festing 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
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of those
events which the people of Kerala look forward to with excitement. Pavilions
are set up for the spectators on the banks and in the middle of Punnamada Lake
the venue of the race. This boat race takes its name from India's first Prime
Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated in 1952. There are separate races
for women too. The race begins with a colourful pageant of floats performing
arts and decorated boats and goes on late into the evening.
Payippad Jelotsavam held in memory for the
Prathista ceremony of Haripad Subramanya temple and therefore has a religious
significance. This festival is celeberated for three days commencing from the
Onam festival day. Snake boat processions are taken out on the first two days
and competitive boat race take place on the third day.
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.
Thrissur Pooram festival is a mammoth
spectacle with arrays of thirty caparisoned elephants bedecked with gold
ornaments. Each elephant is ridden by three mahouts holding projects
symbolizing royalty. As the elephants line up facing each other in two
straight rows, still in their disciplined dignity, the ancient resonance of
Panchavadyam, the five instruments of conch,cymbals,trumpet and two kinds of
drums build up a crescendo.
Pongal festival is the first festival
beginning off each new year in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As the dates
for pongal festival are calculated by the solar calander (ie. Western), the
dates of January 13-16 never change. When the harvest is over, the people of
Tamil Nadu express their gratitude to the gods, the earth and their cattle.
For four days, they celebrate with abandon and worship with devotion. Each day
of this festival has a special significance, however, it is celebrated more
grandly in the villages, while the city folk mainly celebrate on the second
Kolam ( Rangoli) :-
Preparations for the festival of pongal start early and the first thing that
is always found in Hindu homes before the start of "Pongal Festival" or
"Harvest Festival" is the 'kolam'. This is a form of decoration for the
Hindus' homes. This decorative pattern is made with rice flour & is usually
drawn on the floor, outside the door in tamilnadu. The kolams serve as a
symbol of welcoming guests to the entrance of the house. At the center of the
Kolam is a lump of cow-dung, which holds a five-petalled pumpkin flower-a
symbol of fertility and an offering of love to the presiding deity.