Kerala a state located in south west of India is not only known for its breathtaking natural beauty but renowned for its glorious festivals that are celebrated with high enthusiasm and excitement. With the every change of season, Kerala has something or the other festivals to celebrate but among all the Kerala festivals, Onam is the most important one, celebrate with grand way all over the state.
Onam is one of the important festivals of Kerala celebrate in the Malayalam month of Chingam that is between August and September. The festivals last for almost about 10 days and are celebrate in honour of King Mahabali, an ancient mythological king in Kerala. During this festival season, one can see and enjoy the best of Kerala as one can enjoy the rich culture and traditions, lots of exciting activities, snake boat race, decorated Pookalam and ambrosial Onasadya. During the Onam festivals, Kerala is at its best and one can enjoy various features that are truly spell binding and fascinating.
Guruvayoor Festivals is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Kumbha that is in between February and March. Guruvayoor festival is celebrated at Guruvaryoor Temple dedicated to Lord Shree Krishna, one of the oldest temples in the state of Kerala. The festivals last for about 10 days and is started with the hoisting of temple flag atop the flagstaff and once it is done, on the very first day elephant race is carried on and the winning elephant is given the honour to carry the idol of Guruvayoorappan on all the occasion the year round. After that several culture festivals are carried out and in the last day temple will be opened and pujas and aarati will be performed. After that Arattu procession is performed and it starts at 6:30 PM, where lord is taken to the holy water tank for holy dip and all the people will also take a dip in the tank. After that the idol is brought back to the temple carried by the elephant and the same elephant takes eleven rounds of the temple and the people follows behind with Holy Spirit. The ten days festivals is really full of excitement and all the rituals are carried with Holy Spirit and enthusiasm.
Beside these, Kerala also celebrate hundreds of other festivals with immense joy and excitement and among those many some of are Ekadasi, Aarattu, Utsavam, Haripad Temple Festival, Deepavali Kerala, Ashtami Rohini Festival, Ashtami at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Thrissur Pooram Festival and Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa’s Mountain Shrine. These are some of the popular festivals of Kerala that are celebrate with Holy Spirit, happiness and excitement.