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Maramom Convention :
Highlights -
» Considered the largest gathering of christians in asia.
» Bible study and discourses by scholars from india and abroad.
» Religious readings
» Hymnals
» Faith healing sessions
» People arrive in country crafts (valloms)

Location: 16 km from thiruvalla, pathanamthitta, on the banks of river pamba
Duration: February every year

Nehru Trophy Boat Race :
This is the greatest event on the backwaters of kerala, is held on the second saturday of august every year. Magnificent snakeboats compete for the prized trophy which was instituted by jawaharlal nehru, the first prime minister of india.
Highlights -
» Ceremonial water procession
» Spectacular water floats
» Decorated boats
» Vanchipattu
» Races of smaller country crafts
» Chundanvellom race

Location: backwaters of kerala
Duration: second saturday of august every year.

Onam :
Onam is the annual harvest festival of kerala.
Highlights -
» Floral decorations
» Elephant processions
» Thiruvathirakali
» Classical and folk dance performances
» Classical and folk music recitals
» Cultural pageants
» Water carnivals

Location: Every where in Kerala.
Duration: Celebrations are on for ten days, beginning with the atham day of the malayalam month chingam.


Koratty Muthy’s Feast :
the beautiful village of Koratty, in Thrissur district, comes alive to celebrate a feast dedicated to Virgin Mary, locally known as Koratty Muthy. The feast, the most important event at the St. Mary's Church here, is attended by hundreds of devotees. Apart from the devotional rites, there is an awe-inspiring pageantry as part of the feast

Location: Koratty, in Thrissur district
Duration: Every year, in the second week of October

Thirunelli Festival:
Thirunelli Festival is a two-day festival celebrated on Vishu day and its eve, in the Malayalam month of Medam (April) is the annual festival of Sree Thirunelli Devaswom at Thirunelli in Wayanad. Papanasini, the holy mountain spring here believed to have the divine power to absolve the soul of all its sins, flows near the shrine.

Location: Wayanand, Shri Thirunelli Devaswom, Thirunelli
Duration: 2days in April.

Neelamperoor pooram patayani :
Neelemperoor Pooram Padayani is held at the precincts of the beautiful temple of Goddess Bhagavathy at Neelemperoor near Kottayam. Padayani is a symbolic victory march of Goddess Kaali after vanquishing Darika.
During the pooram festival, decorated motifs of Swans;both large and small, form part of the Kettukazcha the symbolic offering made to the Goddess. These are then carried in a procession, on the main day of the festival in which bigger ones are moved on platforms with wooden wheels and smaller ones carried on the shoulders of devotees. A unique aspect of the motif decoration here at Neelemperoor is the sourcing of different colours. The required colours are taken from the surroundings, in the form of leaves, flower petals, parts of the coconut tree and other local plant varieties.

Location: Palli Bhagavathy Temple, Neelamperoor, Kottayam.

Thrissur Pooram
Highlights -
» Pageant of 30 caparisoned elephants assembled in the precincts of the vadakumnathan
temple.
» The nearby paramekavu and thiruvambadi temples are also participants in the festival.
» Kudamattam (changing of umbralla from hands to hands)
» Chendamelain (kind of drums)
» Panchavadyam (five typical instruments played)
» Spectacular fireworks display.

Location: This festival held at Thekinkadu Maidan at Thrissur.
Duration : Month Of May.

Attachamayam
celebration of a legendary victory of the Raja of Kochi. Pomp and colour mark the pageantry, which is replete with caparisoned elephants, varieties of folk art forms, floats and musical ensemble. This spectacular procession marks the beginning of the Onam Festival.

Location: Historical town of Tripunithura, near Kochi.
Duration: August / September.

Sabarimala Festival
The Sabarimala temple festival of Kerala is celebrated in the honor of Lord Ayappa. Sabarimala is a renowned pilgrimage in Kerala and is famous all over the world. In Kerala, Sabarimala festival is attended by thousands of devotees who cover huge distances to reach the holy shrine. The Sabarimala temple is located atop a rugged hill in the Western Ghats.

Location: Sabarimala temple, rugged hill in the Western Ghats.
Duration: November- January.

Easter
Easter is celebrated with much enthusiasm and joy among the Christians in Kerala. The Christians in Kerala celebrate Easter as it is celebrated all around the world. People recognize this day as the day when Jesus Chris resurrected. Easter usually falls in the month of March or April. Churches are decorated beautifully and people go on midnight masses in large groups.

Location: Any Church
Duration: march Or April

 

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