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Onam Festival, Kerala Fair and Festivals of Kerala : Kerala, the enchanted lands that are blessed with the bounty of nature, see a lot of celebrations through out the year. The cultural values are quite dominant here and so is the community structure. The temperament, that of the populace, like the place itself is mild and calm. But, when it comes to celebrations the people know their style.

Celebrated in Kerala are popular festivals of India and some regional festivals. The festivals are celebrated with much fanfare and some interesting practices. One of the most interesting are boat races that commence in the month of August. There are religious practices, ritual performances, processions, decorations, gifts, food, cultural programs and more, accompanying the festivals. Festivals celebrated in Kerala include:

Festival : Kerala Onam (Regional Festival)
Celebration Time: Onam in Kerala is celebrated for 10 days in the month of Chingam, according to Malayalam calender.
Celebrated As: The festival is celebrated to pay homage to the legendary king, Mahabali.
Activities: The festival is marked by pomposity. People decorate their homes, temples are adorned and a lunch is arranged on the fourth day of festival. The boat races is an important feature of the festival.

Festival : Thrissur Pooram (Regional Festival)
Celebration Time: Celebrated in the Mayalam month Medam (April-May).
Celebrated As: A temple festival introduced by the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi city.
Activities: Elephant processions and marathon.

Festival : Payippad Jelotsavam (Regional Festival)
Celebration Time: Celebrated three days from the Onam festival day.
Celebrated As: The festival is celebrated to commemorate the Prathista ceremony of Haripad Subramanya temple.
Activities: Snake boat processions and boat races.

Festival : Attukal Pongala (Regional Festival)
Celebration Time: February - March.
Celebrated As: The festival is celebrated to pay homage to Goddess Bhagavathy and is one of the widely celebrated festivals by women in South India.
Activities: Preparation of sweet porridge, chanting of devotional hymns.

Vallamkali or Boat Festival, KeralaFestival : Vallamkali or Boat Festival Kerala(Kerala Boat Races)
Celebration Time: The festival is celebrated in the month of August.
Celebrated As: The festival is celebrated at many places in Kerala to commemorate the lifting of the image of Lord Krishna for consecration, Raja Chempakasseri.
Activities: Particularly known for boat races.

Festival : Mahashivratri (Popular Festival)
Celebration Time: Celebrated in the month of Kumbam that is Feb-March.
Celebrated As: The festival is celebrated to commemorate the day on which Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison to save the world from destruction.
Activities: Offering of prayers and poojas, temple adorations and hosting of various cultural performances.

Festival : Theyyam Kerala (Regional Festival)
Celebration Time: Celebrated for more than six months from October-November
Celebrated As: Essentially a dance festival celebrated to worship Mother Goddess.
Activities: Cultural performances.

Festival : Nehru Trophy Boat Festival (Regional Festival)
Celebration Time: Second Saturday in the month of August.
Celebrated As: It is a traditional festival started from the year 1952.
Activities: Boat races.

Festival : Id-ul-Zuha (Popular Festival)
Celebration Time: 10th of the last month of Muslims, Dul Hajj.
Celebrated As: To commemorate offering made by Abraham.
Activities: Animal sacrifices and offering of prayers.

Festival : Easter
Celebration Time: April.
Celebrated As: Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Activities: Prior abstinence and offering of prayers.

Kerala Festivals 2012
May 2012 : Thrissur Pooram
August 2012 : Nehru Trophy Boat Race
August 2012: Onam Festival
September 2012: Aranmula Boat Race

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