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KERALA FESTIVALS & CALENDER


 Festivals 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
 Elephant Pageants
 Adoor Gajamela 07 Feb 2006  28 Jan 2007  19 Jan 2008  05 Feb 2009  26 Jan 2010 
 Arattupuzha Pooram   10 Apr 2006  31 Mar 2007 

20 Mar 2008 

06 Apr 2009 28 Mar 2010  
 Chinakkathoor  Pooram 13 Mar 2006   03 Mar 2007   21 Feb 2008   10 Feb 2009  28 Feb 2010 
 Parippally Gajamela  05 Mar 2006  04 Mar 2007   02 Mar 2008  01 Mar 2009  07 Mar 2010 
 Pariyanampetta  Pooram  19 Feb 2006  19 Feb 2007  19 Feb 2008  19 Feb 2009  19 Feb 2010  
 Thrissur Pooram  07 May 2006  27 Apr 2007  13 May 2008  04 May 2009  24 Apr 2010 
 Uthralikavu Pooram   28 Feb 2006  27 Feb 2007  26 Feb 2008  24 Feb 2009  02 Mar 2010 
 
Temple Festivals 
 Attuvela Mahotsavam  31 Mar 2006  21 Mar 2007  07 Apr 2008  28 Mar 2009  19 Mar 2010 
 Chettikulangara  Bharani  04 Mar 2006  23 Feb 2007  11 Mar 2008   02 Mar 2009  20 Feb 2010 
 Kalpathi Ratholsavam  13 , 14 , 15 Nov 2005  14 , 15 , 16 Nov 2006  14 , 15 , 16 Nov 2007  13 , 14 , 15 Nov 2008  13 , 14 , 15 Nov 2009 
 Kodungalloor Bharani  01 Apr 2006  22 Mar 2007  08 Apr 2008  29 Mar 2009  20 Mar 2010 
 Machattu Mamangam  21 Feb 2006  20 Feb 2007  19 Feb 2008  17 Feb 2009  23 Feb 2010 
 Malanada  Kettukazhcha  24 Mar 2006  23 Mar 2007  21 Mar 2008  27 Mar 2009  26 Mar 2010 
 Nenmara Vallangi Vela  03 Apr 2006  03 Apr 2007  02 Apr 2008  03 Apr 2009  03 Apr 2010 
 Thaipooya Mahotsavam  , Harippad  

11 Feb 2006  01 Feb 2007   23 Jan 2008   08 Feb 2009  30 Jan 2010 
 Thaipooya Mahotsavam  , Koorkancherry  

11 Feb 2006  01 Feb 2007   23 Jan 2008   08 Feb 2009  30 Jan 2010  
 Thirunakkara festival  15 to 24 Mar 2006   15 to 24 Mar 2007   14 to 23 Mar 2008   15 to 24 Mar 2009  15 to 24 Mar 2010 
 Vaikathashtami  Festival   24 Nov 2005   13 Dec 2006 18 Nov 2007   20 Nov 2008   25 Nov 2009 
 
 Onam
 Onam – The Festival   15 Sep 2005 05 Sep 2006 27 Aug 2007   12 Sep 2008 02 Sep 2009 
 Pulikali   18 Sep 2005 08 Sep 2006  29 Aug 2007   15 Sep 2008 05 Sep 2009 
 Thripunithura  Athachamayam  06 Sep 2005 27 Aug 2006  17 Aug 2007   02 Sep 2008 23 Aug 2009 
 
 Snake Boat Races
 Aranmula Boat Race  19 Sep 2005   09 Sep 2006  30 Aug 2007   16 Sep 2008   06 Sep 2009 
 Champakkulam Boat  Race   10 Jul 2006   30 Jun 2007   19 Jun 2008   06 Jul 2009  26 Jun 2010  
 Nehru Trophy Boat  Race  13 Aug 2005 12 Aug 2006  11 Aug 2007   09 Aug 2008   08 Aug 2009 
 Payippad Boat Race  17 Sep 2005   07 Sep 2006  28 Aug 2007   14 Sep 2008   04 Sep 2009 
 
 Padayani 
 Kadammanitta  Padayani  14 to 21 Apr 2006   14 to 21 Apr 2007   14 to 21 Apr 2008   14 to 21 Apr 2009  14 to 21 Apr 2010 
 Neelamperoor  Padayani  01 Oct 2005  21 Sep 2006  11 Sep 2007  28 Sep 2008  18 Sep 2009 
 Othara Padayani   05 Apr 2006  26 Mar 2007  11 Apr 2008  02 Apr 2009  24 Mar 2010 
 
 Theyyam  
 Kanathoor Nalvar  Bhoothasthanam   28 Dec 2005 to 01 Jan 2006  28 Dec 2006 to 01 Jan 2007  28 Dec 2007 to 01 Jan 2008  28 Dec 2008 to 01 Jan 2009  28 Dec 2009 to 01 Jan 2010 
 Kuttikkol Thampuratty  Theyyam  22 to 26 Feb 2006   22 to 26 Feb 2007   22 to 26 Feb 2008   22 to 26 Feb 2009  22 to 26 Feb 2010 
 Perumthitta Tharavad  Kottamkuzhy   06 to 15 Dec 2005   07 to 16 Dec 2006   07 to 16 Dec 2007   06 to 15 Dec 2008  06 to 15 Dec 2009  
 
 Feasts
 Arthunkal Perunnal   20 Jan 2006   20 Jan 2007   20 Jan 2008   20 Jan 2009  20 Jan 2010 
 Edathua Perunnal   27 Apr to 7 May 2006  27 Apr to 7 May 2007  27 Apr to 7 May 2008  27 Apr to 7 May 2009  27 Apr to 7 May 2010 
 Koratty Muthy's Feast   Second week of October  
 Malayattoor Perunnal   1 st Sunday after Easter
 Manarcad Perunnal ,  Kottayam   1 to 8 Sep 2006   1 to 8 Sep 2007   1 to 8 Sep 2008   1 to 8 Sep 2009  1 to 8 Sep 2010 
 Parumala Perunnal   02 Nov 2006   02 Nov 2007 02 Nov 2008   02 Nov 2009  02 Nov 2010 
 Vettukadu Perunnal -  Feast of Christ, the  King 3rd week of November 
 
 Chandanakkudam 
 Pattambi Nercha   05 Feb 2006  04 Feb 2007  03 Feb 2008  01 Feb 2009  07 Feb 2010 
 Kanjiramattom  Kodikuthu  Jan 13-14 every year
*This should be considered only as an approximate calendar and the dates are not confirmed with any authorities. There can be changes.


Thiruvathira Festival :The festival falls on the asterism Thiruvathira in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (December-January). On thiruvathira morning, devotees throng Shiva temples for an early worship which is reckoned as highly auspicious. Tradition says Thiruvathira is celebrating the death of Kamadeva, the mythological God of Love. According to another version, Thiruvathira is the birthday of Lord Shiva. The festival has similarities to adra darshan celebrated in Tamil Nadu.

Makaravillakku at Sabarimala :This festival in Sabarimala marks the end of Mandalam. For centuries, Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta has been a major pilgrim centre attracting lakhs of devotees from all over India, more so from southern States. The presiding deity is Lord Ayyappa known as Dharma Sastha, considered a symbol of unity between Vaishnavites and Saivites.

Bakrid :Bakr Id, also known as Id-ul-Zuha in Arabic, is one of the grandest of Muslim festivals.

Christmas :Christmas, the most popular festival of the Christians.

Vishu :The Malayalam New Year is celebrated by bursting crackers and going to temple.

Easter :This is the oldest Christian festival, as old as Christianity itself. The central tenet of Christianity is not the birth of Jesus, but his resurrection. Easter is derived from this paschal mystery and from the events of Good Friday.

Thrissur Pooram :A most spectacular spectacle in the state, this festival was introduced by Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi state. Celebrated in Medom the festival parades the fulgent faces of Kerala culture. With every passing year Tthrissur Pooram, the temple festival, attracts large masses of devotees and spectators.

Ochirakali :The unique feature of Ochira, one of the famous pilgrim centres of Kerala, is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple dedicated to the Universal Consciousness. Ochira Kali held in mid June and the twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku (twelve lamp festival) in November/December are the two main annual festivals. Ochira Kali, is a mock fight enacted between groups of men dressed as warriors on the padanilam (battle field). They perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields, and splashing water in every direction.

How to reach there :
Nearest railway station : Ochira, a few minutes drive from the temple.
Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 105 km from Kollam.

Onam :Is the most famous festival of Kerala. All Malayali's irrespective of religion celebrates it. It falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sept). It is the harvest festival of Kerala. Legend states that Onam is celebrated as the home coming of Mahabali, the king who ruled over Kerala in the age of plenty and was pushed down to the infernal regions (Patala) by Lord Vishnu in the form of VamanaOnam is celebrated as a national festival of Kerala. It synchronizes with the tourist week celebration, which starts formally on the day of Atham asterism. The image of Thrikkakara Appan (Vishnu in the form of Vamana) is installed in every Hindu home during the Onam season. Children go around collecting flowers and decorate them in the front portion of the house in various designs and patterns. The most important days of the Onam festival are Uthradom and Thiruvonam days. On the latter, a grand feast is held in every home. Onam also provides an occasion for family get-together among the Keralites. It's a perfect example for the religious harmony of the state The 10-day festival is Kerala's most important festival, honouring King Mahabali, a mythological king of ancient Kerala, whose period was reckoned as the golden age in the history of the state. He was the embodiment of virtues, goodness, so was his regime which was marked by equality and harmony among people.

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti :It marks the birth of the Sree Narayana Guru, the Kingpin of a social revolution, which transformed the caste-ridden society of Kerala.

Janmashthami or Sree Krishna Jayanti :This festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi :It marks the death ceremony of the Sree Narayana Guru, the Kingpin of a social revolution, which transformed the caste-ridden society of Kerala.

Vinayaka Chaturthi :This festival is celebrated in the month of avani on chaturthi (4th) day which comes after the new moon. For anything to go well, people pray on this day to Lord Vinayaka or Ganesha. Lord Vinayaka has got an elephant face and human body. He is worshipped by many names like Vinayaka, Ganesha, Pillayar, Vigneshwara, Gajanana, Ganapathy, Mooshika Vahanaa, Modhaga priya etc.

Maha Navami :The 10 day festival associated with vanquishing demons, in particular Rama's victory over Ravana in the Ramayana, and Durga's victory over the buffalo-headed Mahishasura.

Kerala Foundation Day :This event is organized to commemorate Kerala’s recognition as a state.

Deepavali :Deepavali is known as the festival of lights. There are many legends connected with the festival. Some say that it is a celebration of Sree Krishna's victory over the demon narakasura and others hold that it is the day Sree Rama returned from exile.

Mandalam :It marks the beginning of a month long festival on this day, which ends with Makaravillaku.

Idul-Fitr :Also known as 'Ramadan', is one of the two festivals of Islam. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar year. During this month the Muslims observe fast, giving up all kinds of food and drink during day time, and spend the major part of the night in devotion and prayer.




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