Tag Archives: Kerala Festivals Legends & Stories

Aranmula Vallamkali: Parthasarathy Temple Boat Race

Aranmula Vallamkali

Aranmula Vallamkali is an annual water sports meet especially for boat races held in Aranmula district Kerala. The water fiesta is organized during Onam in the month of September. This world famous fiesta owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba River. Vallamkali refers to the boat race competition that is held during …

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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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Snake Boat Race (Vallamkali) – Kerala

Snake Boat Race (Vallamkali) – Kerala Culture & Tradition

Snake Boat Race, known as Vallamkali in Kerala is the most captivating facet of the festival of Onam. It is also promoted as one of the major tourist attractions in the state and draws a lot of local, national as well as international crowd. Vamakalli or the boat race has now been an integral part of Kerala‘s identity and its …

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Champakulam Boat Race Information

Champakulam Boat Race 2017 - July 8

Kerala, with its winding stretches of backwaters, is famous for its native boat races held in different parts of the State in the harvest season. The Champakulam boat race is the first race during the season and has a tradition of centuries. Champakulam Boat Race: Information & Videos The festivities include spectacular water floats, decorated boats, Vanchipattu – the song …

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Eid el-Adha: Bakrid – Festival of Sacrifice

Eid el-Adha

Eid el-Adha – A ritual of sacrifice and thanksgiving announces a religious pilgrimage. Eid el-Adha is an officially observed religious holiday that precedes the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Islam‘s holiest sites. Eid el-Adha, is one of Islam’s most important celebrations, announcing the beginning of the Hajj, the celebrated yearly pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Muslims …

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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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