1. Kerala Boat Festival
Kerala is known around the world for its backwaters. And the Kerala Boat Festival elevates the charm of these glistening water canals. The race is all about enthusiasm and most importantly team spirit and sync between the members. Watching this race is one of the enthralling Kerala festivals that one shouldn’t miss while on a trip to Kerala.
2. Theyyam Festival: Behold The Dance Of God
Theyyam is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Kerala, and indeed the most-awaited. This 800-year-old festival flaunts folk dances and art. There are more than 400 varieties of Theyyam performances to pick from, of which the best ones are Kari Chamundi, Raktha Chamundi, Muchilottu Bhagavathi, and Wayanad Kulaven. This is one of the most famous festivals in Kerala.
3. Onam: The State Festival Of Kerala
One of the most important festivals is the Onam festival in Kerala. It is a harvest festival of Kerala that falls in the Malayali month of Chingam. It is celebrated to commemorate the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu and homecoming of King Mahabali. Around Onam, the whole state gets drenched in the festive spirit, marked with delicious dishes, dance, music, rituals and boat races. For a culture-vulture, the best time to visit Kerala is during Onam celebration. It is also the national festival of Kerala.
4. Vishu: Celebrating The First Day Of The Malayali Year
Vishu marks the beginning of Malayali year and is one of the most important and famous festivals of Kerala. Mostly celebrated at home, a pooja with the family and the evening feast are the highlights of this Hindu festival.
5. Thiruvathira: Known As Arudhra Darisanam
Thiruvathira is popular as Arudhra Darisanam and is celebrated in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in a grand way. It is believed that on this day Goddess Parvati met Lord Shiva and he accepted his partner. This festival is of immense importance for the unmarried women as they keep fast on this day and pray for getting good husbands. Temples are decorated and you can witness the rituals and traditions on Thiruvathira.