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Fairs & Festivals in Kerala


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Fairs & Festivals in Kerala

Festivals are factual celebrations in God's Own Country; events when grandeur prevails over the characteristic simplicity of the Kerala lifestyle. Be it the state festival of Onam or the one in a localized area of adoration, new attire and sumptuous feasts are a must for the festivals.

Kerala is a diverse state in India. Kerala is a land where carnivals never end. Various festivals are celebrated in Kerala around the year but the designated days of these festivals change every year according to the Malayalam calendar. These festivals are an essential part of the state and discerned with large eagerness and joy in which the people of all caste and religion participate. Today, these festivals are perhaps the only event when the classical, folk and ceremonial creative pursuits of the Kerala come to live and as well as comprises the true custom and culture.

Throughout the festivals, the persons clean and decorate their houses, get together simultaneously with relatives and friends, exchange gifts, take part in rituals, processions and offer prayers. New attire, dance and music, all add to their joyful rhythm. It is furthermore interesting to understand that no festival in Kerala is perfect without an elephant pageant. Some of the major carnivals which are celebrated in Kerala throughout the year are Onam, Thiruvathira, Navarathri, Vishu, Makaravillakku, Thrissur Pooram and Easter.

The Keralites (people of Kerala) celebrate all religious and contemporary fairs and festivals in their own way. Onam is their most favorite festival that indicates the harvest season in the months of August - September. There is also a host of several festivals which are associated with boat race. A list of the important fairs and festivals celebrated in Kerala is given below.

Major Kerala Festivals

  • Onam
  • Athachamayam Thrippunithara Ernakulam
  • Jain Festival Palakkad
  • Jewish Festival
  • Koratty Muthy's Feast
  • Navarathri Festival
  • Neelamperoor pooram Patayani
  • Nehru Trophy Boat Race
  • Oachira Kettukazhcha
  • Ottappalam Nercha Festival
  • Padayani at Nilamperoor
  • Pulikali During Onam Festival
  • Thitambu Nritham
  • Vallarpadam Feast and Festival
  • Maha Sivarathri

Kerala Temple Festivals

  • Aranmula Uthrittathi Festival
  • Arattu Sree Krishnaswami Temple Ambalappuzha
  • Arattu Sri admanabhaswami Temple Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
  • Ashtami at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
  • Ashtami Rohini Festival Kerala
  • Attukal Pongala Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chittur Konganpada Palakkad
  • Deepavali Kerala
  • Ettumanoor Temple Festival Kottayam
  • Guruvayoor Festival
  • Haripad Temple Festival
  • Kanathurkavu Mahadevi Temple
  • Kappally Kumbham Thira
  • Kettukazcha Kuthirakettu Festival
  • Kodiyettu Thiruvarattukavu Bhagavathi Temple
  • Kodungalloor Bharani Utsavam
  • Thrissur Pooram Festival
  • Vishu Festival
  • Thripunithura Athachamayam

Kerala Church Festivals

  • St. Andrew's Forane Church at Arthunkal
  • Bharanamganam Feast
  • Christmas Festival Celebrations
  • Easter Festival
  • Edappally Perunal
  • Edathua Perunal Festival
  • Kadamattom Feast
  • Malayattur Feast
  • Maramon Convention Kerala

Masjid Festivals

  • Id-ul-Zuha - Bakrid
  • Chandanakuda Mahotsavam in Beemapalli
  • Cheraman Juma Masjid Kodungalloor
  • Malappuram Nercha Kerala
  • Miladi Sherif
  • Muharram first Month of the Islamic Calender
  • Ramadan The Holy Month
  • Veliancode Jaram Nercha Festival


Onam is one of the greatest festivals of Kerala. It is the carnival, festival which the keralites celebrate unitedly without the difference of caste and belief. Onam is a time for sports and festivities and in Kerala where one third of the area is low lying, covered with canals, backwaters and lagoons; the persons take to their boats and homeland country crafts to enjoy the celebration.

Thrissur Pooram

Pooram is the most colourful of all temple festivals commemorated in Kerala. It is celebrated in Thrissur district at Vadakkumnathan temple in the month of Medam (April) where the regaining deity is Lord Shiva. It attracts devotees from all over India.

Kerala Festivals are unique of its kind with full of colors. They unfold the wealthy and varied heritage of the God's Own Country by blending mirth and delight. People of Kerala are known for ease and the inherent religious environment. Kerala is really the land of festivals where as some appears to have adopted from the heritage of other states. Kerala has brilliantly transformed the customs and then evolved a unique and exceptional flavor of Kerala.


Vishu is one of the important festivals of Kerala. It comes in the month of April usually on the 14th April. According to the traditional Malayalam calendar, it is the 1st day of the first month Medam of the New Year. Traditional rituals are followed to bring in another year of prosperity.

Champakkulam Boat Race

Kerala, with its winding stretches of backwaters, is famous for its native boat races held in different parts of the State in the harvest season. The Champakulam boat race, held on July 2 this year, is the first one during this season and has a tradition of centuries.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

This boat race is held on the second Saturday of August every year at Alappuzha. The long elegant snake boats, with crews of over hundred men vying to win the coveted trophy, attract spectators from all over the world.


Makara Vilakku is an important festival celebrated in the famous Ayappa Temple at Sabarimala. The Puja begins from the day of Makara Sankranti, the first day of the Malayalese month of Makaram and continues for seven days. This day commemorates the day on which the idol of Lord Ayappa was enshrined in the temple. The main attraction of this festival is the bringing of deity's jewellery, Thirivabharanam from the Pandalam Palace to the temple in a royal procession.

Kerala Village Fair

Mid January is the time for cultural events in the lush villages around Kovalam every year. Traditional thatched houses are decorated during this ten-day long festival and are the venue for folk dances, music and festivities.

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