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  • Neelamperoor Pooram Padayani
  • neelamperurpadayaniOn the Pooram asterism as per the Malayalam month of Chingam (August / September), the precincts of the Palli Bhagavathy Temple in the beautiful village of Neelamperoor in Alappuzha gears up for spectacular Padayani festival. The festival is captivating in many ways, especially for first timers. Padayani literally means 'rows of army.' The one held at Neelamperoor is different from the padayani performance in other parts of Kerala. It stands out for the massive effigies of swans, the making of which is locally known as Annam Kettu. A colourful procession carrying the effigies of mythological characters is also carried out during the night. Event Date : 18-09-2009 Venue: Palli Bhagavathy Temple at Neelamperoor (Alappuzha district), 16 km away from Kottayam. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 16 km away Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 76 km.
  • Navarathri Music Festival
  • navarathriThe nine-day long music fiesta called Navarathri Music Festival fills the evenings of Thiruvananthapuram with intricate compositions. Surely an enlivening experience for visitors to the historic city, the music festival usually features some of the exquisite kritis (compositions) of King Swathi Thirunal, the music maestro and former ruler of Travancore. The nine-day music festival is held at the Navarathri Mandapam, a pavilion beautifully decorated with flowers, located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram. With the sweet fragrance of sandalwood lingering in the air, the ambience is ethereal and connoisseurs of music are treated to their hearts' content. The music festival venue has an indigenous acoustic technology in place. These are in the form of earthen pots, kept in place by means of coir ropes, with their mouths open down towards the ground. The pots are of different sizes and thickness with their mouths having different measurements. They are kept at different angles to act as sound reflectors and to prevent echoes. Event Date : 19-09-2009 to 27-09-2009 Venue: Navarathri Mandapam, Fort Palace Complex, Thiruvananthapuram Getting there: Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 1 km away Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 kms away
  • Eid ul Fitr
  • eidulfitreOn the Eid ul fitr, the mood of devotion in the air is something special for the Muslim community of Kerala. The festival is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. On the day of Id, the faithful attend special group prayers held in mosques and large grounds. Following this, people embrace each other, greeting 'Id Mubarak', conveying the spirit of love, peace and co-operation. The spirit of festivity goes high, which is marked by wearing new clothes and visiting homes of friends and relatives. And for the special feast of the day, members from the other communities are invited.
  • Event Date : 20-09-2009
  • Vallarpadam Perunal
  • vallarpadamperunnalSt.Mary, the patron of the Church, is affectionately called Vallarpadath Amma (mother of Vallarpadam) by devotees here. She is the patron saint of sailors and fisher folk and is believed to possess miraculous powers to save her devotees from dangers of the sea. This Catholic Church stands on a small island near Ernakulam amidst the picturesque backwaters encircling the Kochi harbour. The church is believed to have been established in 1676 by the Portuguese. The annual feast here lasts more than a week. A fair is organized here during the perunal (feast) days where country boats, crafts and straw mats are the main items for sale. 08Event Date : 24-09-2009 Venue: St.Mary's Church, Vallarpadam, Ernakulam. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Ernakulam about 5 kms. Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 20 km.
  • Vijayadasami
  • vijayadasamiThe occasion of Navaratri is marked by a nine-day long festival. The festival is celebrated all over India under different names. It is dedicated to the Mother Goddess, who is worshipped in different forms, like Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and Saraswathy (goddess of knowledge). During Navarathri, in Kerala, a ritual called Poojavayppu is performed on Durgashtami, the eighth day of the festival. This ceremony held in temples and households involves placing of books and tools meant for learning and work before the goddess. This is done to seek her blessings for the coming year. On the next day, known as Mahanavami, all work and learning are suspended. Vijayadasami marks the tenth day of the festival and is considered to be the most auspicious day to begin new ventures. The books and tools offered to the goddess are taken back through a ceremony called Poojayeduppu. The day is also considered ideal for Vidyarambham ceremony, during which small children are initiated into the world of letters by elders. Households, temples as well as various cultural institutions become venues for this ceremony.
  • Event Date : 28-09-2009
  • Koratty Muthy's Fest
  • korattimuthyfestA church festival with a rustic charm, the Koratty Muthy's Feast is one event that should not be missed. It is celebrated in the second week of October at St. Mary's Church in Koratty, a picturesque village in Thrissur district. The festival is dedicated to Virgin Mary, locally known as Koratty Muthy. Hundreds of devotees attend this feast, which is marked by many rituals and colourful pageantry. Event Date : 11-10-2009 Venue: St. Mary's church, Koratty, Thrissur Getting there:Nearest Railway Station: Chalakkudy, about 7 km away. Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 24 km from Chalakkudy.
  • Deepavali
  • deepavalifestDeepavali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all over India. In Kerala, the festival has a local flavour marked by rituals and traditional practices. Compared to the northern parts of India, Deepavali in Kerala is marked by bursting of crackers during the evening on Deepavali eve and also early morning on the day of Deepavali. This is followed by a bath after applying oil to the body. Later people visit the local temple and return home to a breakfast comprising special food items to mark the occasion. The festival falls on the preceding day of the New Moon in the Malayalam month of Thulam (October- November). It is celebrated in commemoration of the destruction of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna.
  • Event Date : 17-10-2009
  • Parumala Perunal
  • parumalathiraunalThe annual Perunnal or feast at the Parumala Church in Thiruvalla is to commemorate the death anniversary of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The bishop is interred in the church. During the Orma Perunnal day or commemorative feast, special prayers are offered and rituals performed. There is also a ceremonial procession through the town, attended by devotees from all over the State. Event Date : 02-11-2009 Venue: Parumala Church, Pathanamthitta district Getting there: Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 11 km away. Nearest airports: Cochin International Airport, about 105 km from Thiruvalla.
  • Kalpathi Ratholsavam
  • kalpathiratholsavamThe annual Ratholsavam or chariot festival at the Sree Viswanatha Swamy temple, dedicated to Lord Viswanatha or Siva, is one of the most remarkable of the festivals of Kerala. Kalpathi, an early Tamil Brahmin settlement is also known as Dakshin Kasi or the Varanasi of the South. During the first four days, Vedic recitals and cultural programmes are held in the temple, believed to be over 700 years old. On the last three days, thousands of devotees gather together to draw decorated temple chariots through the streets. This ceremonial procession taken out by a sea of chanting people is a sight to behold. Event Date: 13-11-2009 - 15-11-2009 Venue: Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple, Kalpathi, Palakkad district. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 3 km away. Nearest airport: Coimbatore in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, about 55 km away from Palakkad.
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