The state of Kerala celebrates numerous festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. During these jubilations, the land witnesses some of its most vivid hues that draw attention from all across the world. Some of the famous festivals of Kerala are:
Onam is one of the most famous and popular harvest festivals of Kerala. Celebrated in the months of August –September, the festivals mark the return of King Mahabali. This day is celebrated with great pomp and cheer all over Kerala. People decorate their homes and wear new clothes.
Celebrated in between the months of February to March, Maha Shivratri is an important festival of Hindus. The festival marks the day on which Lord drank the poison to save the world. On this eve of Maha Shivratri, numerous Lord Shiva Devotees visit the Lord’s temples and pay their offerings to the Lord.
Asthami Rohini is the birthday of Lord Krishna that is celebrated with great zest in the God’s own Country. It is observed in the month of Chingam (Aug- Sept). Devotees visit the Krishna temples to offer Puja and prayers. The occasion is marked by organizing many cultural programs across the state of Kerala.
Christmas is widely celebrated among the Christians in Kerala on the eve of 25th December. During the celebrations holy mass is held across the churches of the state. People sing Christmas carols, decorate christmas tree and exchanging cards & gifts as part of the celebrations.
Miladi Sharif marks the birth of Prophet Mohammad and falls in the month of April. The entire celebrations focus on the entire life of Prophet Mohammad. In the ancient times, the day was celebrated by reading Maulud, a short treatise in Arabic that celebrates the birth, life, work, and sayings of the Prophet.
Muharram is a famous Kerala festival that is observed on the 10th day of Muharram, the forbidden month. The festival marks the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet.