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Kerala Festivals

Important Festivals in Kerala



Onam the national festival of Kerala, is the most important Kerala Festival and it is popular and colourful. The Keralites (Malayalies) are celebrating Onam all over the world in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August-September).

Onam is celebrating, irrespective of religion, in memory of the golden era of King Mahabali (Maveli) whose spirit is supposed to visit Kerala at the day of Thiruvonam, to enquire about people's wellbeing. People have been celebrating Onam from the very old age. The earliest record of the festival is found during the reign of Kulasekhara Perumals around 800 AD.



Vishu is an important festival of Kerala in India, which is celebrated on the first day of malayalam month 'Medam' (usually on the 14th of April), which is the astronomical New Year Day. The most important event in Vishu is the Vishukkani. The Keralites believe that the fortunes for the coming year depend upon the quality of the articles one sees first in the morning of Vishu Day. The next event is giving 'Vishukaineetom' (handsel). The elder members of the family give coins to the youngsters and children and bless them.



Christmas is celebrating in Kerala and all over the world on December 25th.

Keralites make advance arrangements to celebrate Christmas. One week before the people decorate their houses with colourful stars with lamp. Children is getting a 10 days holiday after their school examinations and can spend enough time to celebrate the Christmas.

All churches are conducting special Holly masses in Christmas eve and Christmas morning. The Christmas Cake is the most important preparation during Christmas.

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