KERALA FESTIVALS & CALENDER


Averagemonthly rainfall in Kerala
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.
Road : Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta)

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.