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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most popular fairs and festivals in Kumarakom?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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When it comes to festivals, Kumarakom celebrates most of the festivals in India with much fervour and energy. The way the festivals are celebrated may differ but the zeal is just the same. For instance, the Deepavali celebrations in the north has crackers and sweets as a highlight whereas in Kumarakom and the rest of Kerala the whole affair is wrapped up in a puja, good food and new clothes sometimes. With its mixed local crowd and tourists, Kumarakom celebrates every festival - Christmas, Id, Eater, Dussehra, Deepavali. But there is one festival that the people of Kumarakom await eagerly all through the year - Onam.

  • Onam

Come Onam (August-September) and the sound of celebration in Kumarakom can be heard at the other end of the backwaters. Literally! The race starts at Allepy, the other end of the kumarakom backwaters. It’s the time for the popular boat race - The Nehru Trophy! Stunning snake boats and strong oarsmen come out to race in the backwaters. And the whole world gather to cheer them. The oar strides along the rhythm of the vanjipattu (folk song sung by the oars to boost their morale). There energy is infectious!

But what’s Onam without the sadhya (a grand feats on the banana leaf)! A variety of vegetables, sambar, chutneys, payasams (desserts) served in a traditional manner. You won’t be able to keep your eyes off the meticulous fashion in which the people eat with their finger tips. The crunchy pappadam (papad) and banana chips are a sure delight!

There’s more to Onam. Courtyards are adorned with
pookalams (flower motifs) and women dance (Thiruvathira) around these wearing traditional sarees. The Keralites believe that their King Mahabali, the generous and loving king of Kerala, comes to visit his people during Onam.

While Onam is celebrated all across the globe by Keralites, it’s another thing to be a part of it in the land where it all began!

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