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Thapotsavam

Thapotsavam

Thapotsavam is the annual one-day festival celebrated on the fifth day after ‘Vishu’ in the Malayalam month of Medam (April) at the Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kumbala, Kasargod. The idol of the main deity is carried in a ceremonial procession along the lake surrounding the …

Ramadan

Ramadan

Id ul-Fitr, popularly known as Ramadan (but ideally pronounced Ramzan), falls in the seventh month of the lunar year (January- February) and is a major festival of the Muslims of Kerala.. Throughout this month, Muslims observe a day-long fast. Purification of the body and soul …

Palotukavu Festival

Palotukavu Festival

Vishuvilakkutsavam, the eight-day annual festival at Palotukavu temple, falls in the Malayalam month of Medam (April/May). Grand Theyyam performances are staged every morning and evening of the festival. On the concluding night, an array of awe inspiring Theyyams like Daivathareeswaran, Kurathi, Kundora Chamundy, Nellorthy, Pothy, …

Oachira Kettukazcha

Oachira Kettukazcha

A major festival, Kettukazcha is held during the months of August/ September- September/ October at the Oachira Temple. Unlike other temples, there is no shrine or idol at the Oachira temple, located nearly 32 kms from Kollam. The principal deity is a concept called Parabrahmam …

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram is the opening month of the Hijra year. The 10th day of this month (May) is honoured by the Muslims of Kerala. As per belief, it was on this day that the Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, and his men were slain …

Manjakkudam Festival

Manjakkudam Festival

The largest assemblage of Theyyams is presented on the concluding day of the Utsavams at the Manjadukkam Thularuvana Bhagavathy Temple at Panathoor in Kasaragod district. Dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy, the seven-day utsavam at this temple is in the Malayalam month of Kumbham/Meenam (March).

Malabar Mahotsavam

Malabar Mahotsavam

Malabar Mahotsavam is a cultural extravaganza that showcases the centuries old rich cultural heritage of Kerala. The event is at Mananchira maidan (ground) in the heart of Kozhikode town from 13th to 16th January every year. The festival highlights musical concerts, performances of various classical …

Lokanarkavu Festival

Lokanarkavu Festival

Mandala Utsavam is the forty-one day annual festival at the Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple near Vadakara in Kozhikode. This is the only temple where a peculiar folk dance called Thacholikali is presented. The dance, performed during the festival resembles the martial art Kalarippayattu and is presented …

Kondotty Nercha

Kondotty Nercha

Valiya Nercha is the week long festival, celebrated at the Kondotty Mosque, situated at Kondotty on the Malappuram – Kozhikode route. Meaning ‘the great vow’, the festival is held in the month of March. This mosque, believed to date back to the 18th century is …

Kalpathy Ratholsavam

Kalpathy Ratholsavam

The week-long annual festival of Ratholsavam (Chariot Festival) begins in the month of November, every year. Thousands of devotees haul the huge, intricately carved temple chariots through the streets. Vedic ricitals are held in the temple throughout the festival. Throbbing with the Vedic chants sonorously …

Jagannatha Festival

Jagannatha Festival

Jagannatha Festival is a colourful eight-day festival, which is held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February/ March) at the Jagannatha Temple at Madathiparambu, near Thalassery in Kannur. The idol of Lord Siva, the presiding deity was installed here by the famous social reformer and …

Ettumanoor Festival

Ettumanoor Festival

The famous Ettumanoor Siva Temple lies 12 kms from Kottayam. This Mural- rich temple is a typical example of the superior craftsmanship and dexterity of the architects of ancient Kerala. The ten-day annual festival of this temple is celebrated in February- march. Various performing and …

Edapalli Perunnal

Edapalli Perunnal

The feast at the ancient Roman Catholic Church of Edapalli Perunnal is situated on the National Highway (NH 47) between Ernakulam and Aluva. The annual feast of this church commences on the 23rd of April and the chief ceremony is held on the 4t of …

Easter

Easter

Easter which falls in April is a major religious festival for the Christians in Kerala. This solemn celebration of the resurrection of Christ is undertaken with religious fervour by Christians of all sects. Unlike Christmas with its festive mood, Easter has a ritualistic sobriet. The …

Chettikulangara Bharani

Chettikulangara Bharani

Chettikulagara Bharanai Temple, the famous temple dedicated to the awesome Goddess Bhagavathi is about 5 kms from Kayamkulam. The important festival here occurs on the Bharani asterism in February/ March. The main rituals of the festival are the ‘Kuthiyottam’ and ‘Kettukazcha’. The ‘Kuthiyottam’ features a …