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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular Festivals and Events in Alleppey?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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Do you enjoy celebrations and being a part of it? If yes, then the city will surprise you with its colourful and frolic festivals. The city is almost synonymous with the Snake Boat Race festivals which is celebrated with much grandeur and extravagance. So, here are a few important ones that you should definitely be a part of.

  • Boat Race Festival

    Celebrated during Onam which falls in the months of August/September, this is the most famous festival of Alleppey. There are various races that take place during this period. It is truly an amazing sight to see a plethora of long snake-like boats rowed by over a 100 men, competing in a magnificent race. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place once in a year in the Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August month. The Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race is an annual event in the remembrance of the former prime minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Payippad Boat Race is a three-day festival, conducted each and every year during the month of September at the Payippad Lake. All these races are attended by people from all over the world. For the race, many varieties of multi colored and well decorated snake shaped boats are prepared.

  • Nagaraja Temple Festival

    One of the religious festivals of Kerala, this festival is dedicated to God Nagaraja who is the King of Serpents. Associated with the worship of snakes, both the temple and the festival are of great importance among devotees. Nagaraja Temple is a well renowned pilgrim place and believed to cure various chronic diseases and infertility among women.
  • Onam

    It is the biggest festival of the state of Kerala which falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (August to September) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. One of the most lively events of the year, this ten day festival includes religious ceremonies, music performances, feasting, dancing and singing.
  • St. George's Church Festival

    A ten day long festival, it is celebrated from 27th April to 7th May every year. An important festival of Kerala, it is also known as Edathua Feast and held at St. George's Church in Edathua. The statue of St George is marvellously embellished with gold and is carried in the procession. The festivities include religious, cultural and spiritual programs, hymns, music, art, prayers and mass gathering programs. Devotees belonging to various castes and creeds come from all over the country to take blessings from the Saint George. 

These festivals add a bright colour to the landscape of Kerala, don’t they? So, come and be a part of the rich culture and tradition of the city of celebrations.

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