Tag Archives: Kerala Festivals Legends & Stories

Thrissur Pooram: Vadakkumnathan Temple Festival

Thrissur Pooram

Pooram is the most colorful of all the temple festivals of Kerala. It is celebrated in Thrissur at Vadakkumnathan temple in the month of Medam (April) where the regaining deity is Lord Shiva. Situated on a hillock right in the centre of the city, the spaciously laid out ‘kshetram’ or temple attracts thousands of devotees from all over the land …

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Jamat-Ul-Vida: Last Friday of Ramzan

Jamat-Ul-Vida 2017: Last Friday of Ramzan

Ramzan is the holy month wherein Muslims observe a fast. In this pious period, Jamat-Ul-Vida is an extremely auspicious day for Muslims. As per Islamic history and religion, it is the last ‘Jumma’ prayer of the month. In other words, it marks the last Friday of Ramzan. Etymologically, it arises from the words ‘juma’ and ‘wida’ which mean “gathering” and …

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Good Friday: Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ

Good Friday

Good Friday is celebrated in April-May by the Christians in India to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Lord Christ sacrificed himself on the cross for the sake of entire humanity. On this day Christians mourn Christ’s death and observe strict fast, and attend the services in the churches. St. Like’s Gospel describes Christ’s crucifixion in the following words: Then …

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Shab-E-Barat: Prayers for forgiveness

Shab-E-Barat: Prayers for forgiveness

India is a home of many religions and cultures; every religion celebrates their specific festivals. Muslim community also contributes to Indian population. Muslims from across the world commemorate the festival of Shab-e-Barat with splendor and zest. They believe that the god writes the future of all men by accounting for all the past deeds committed by them on the night …

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Arattupuzha Pooram: Kerala Temple Festival

Arattupuzha Pooram: Kerala Temple Festival

This festival is the oldest and most extravagant of all the poorams celebrated in Kerala. The festival is celebrated at the famous Arattupuzha temple in Thrissur district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The celebration takes place before the 3,000 year old Sree Sastha Temple. The occasion is known as conclave of Gods. It is believed that …

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Meena Sankranti: Hindu Festival on Sun Transition from Pisces to Aries

Meena Sankranti - Hindu Festival

Meena Sankranti is an important Hindu festival observed on the auspicious occasion of the transition of sun from Pisces to Aries. Known as Meena Sankramanam in South India. Celebrating a Sankranti is often marked with the donation of various things. According to specific personal needs they people celebrate the event at the onset of every month. Some Indian states like …

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Hanukkah Festival Information For Students

Hanukkah - Jewish Festival

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that occurs in December (the Hebrew month Kislev), also spelled Chanukah, (also called The Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Feast of the Maccabees) marks the reconsecration of the Temple of Jerusalem (Israel) after its recapture from the Syrian Greeks c.165 BC. A miracle recorded in the Talmud – the burning of a day’s supply …

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Milad-Un-Nabi: Islam Festival Bara Wafat

Milad-Un-Nabi

The festival of Milad-un-Nabi, or Bara Wafat is celebrated with eclat and enthusiasm by the Muslims all over India and across the world. It commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Muhammad and falls on the twelfth day of Rabi-ul-Awwal month. Prophet Mohammed was born in 571 A.D. on 12th April at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Abdulla was his father and Amina his …

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Onam: Kerala Harvesting Festival Information

Onam

Onam is one of the greatest festivals of Kerala (India). It is the festival, which the Kerala People celebrate together without the difference of caste and religion. Onam is a time for sports and festivities and in Kerala where one third of the area is low lying, covered with canals, lakes and backwaters; the people take to their boats and …

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Simha Sankranti Information For Students

Simha Sankranti - Hindu Festival

Simha Sankranti marks the day when the sun moves from Karka Rashi (Cancer) to Simha (Leo). It marks the beginning of Malayalam calendar in Kerala. Similarly, Avni Masam begins in the Tamil month on this day. Simha Sankranti Celebrations: It’s is a day of worship. Devotees offer their prayers to the Sun God, Lord Vishnu and Lord Narsimha Swami on …

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