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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events celebrated in Kovalam?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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We all know about India and her zest for a myriad of colourful festivals. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this coastal paradise and the pride of ‘God’s own country’, would have its own share of celebrations. Though there are a lot of them, the major ones that you cannot afford to miss are:

  • The Great Elephant Festival (9th to 12th January)

    101 elephants in all their decked up glory make the journey from Thrissur to Trivandrum accompanied by traditional music. The parade ends in Kovalam, which marks the beginning of lively cultural programmes followed by barbecues. Locals come here to take blessings from the elephants, which have been considered to be a symbol of royalty since time immemorial. They also play a very important cultural, social and religious role in the whole of Kerala. Tourists often come forward to feed these gentle giants. A number of fairs are also arranged for the entertainment of the crowds. A truly extravagant affair, this festival points at the strong cultural and traditional roots of the people here.

  • The Village Fair (Mid-January)

    Witness a whole traditional Keralite village come to life. Also called Gramam, which is the Malayalam word for village, this fair is unlike any you might have come across. A whole village is re-created to give the tourists a visual insight to the Kerala of the bygone ages. There are Nalukettu houses (traditional upper class homes), thatched huts and Chayakkadas (tea shops), which are decorated with antiques and ancestral, time-honoured articles. Even the locals are decked up in traditional garbs, adding to the feeling of being ages back in time. Food, rides, sorcerers, magicians, astrologers, street performances, music, dance - there is so much to see and explore, it’s mindboggling. The good thing is, the fair lasts for 10 whole days, and the bad thing is, it lasts for just 10 days.

  • The Food Festival (20th to 23rd January)

    Food has always been an important aspect of any culture of the world. So why not have a festival dedicated to just food? A festival which will celebrate all the food encompasses and be a treat to all your senses. This question lead to an idea, and the idea became strong enough to set the ball rolling to convert a simple Institute affair, to a mass celebration. Starting in the year 1993, the food festival has become a very popular annual event held in the grounds of the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology. There are 10 food stalls catering to different cuisines from all over the world. To add more bling to this whole affair, there are a number of cultural programmes arranged here.

  • Onam (August to September)

    It is the most important festival of Kerala, which marks the arrival of the harvest season. A legend associated with Onam goes something like this. There was a demon king of Kerala called Mahabali, who in spite of being a demon, was quite fair and kind, and ruled his kingdom with righteousness. This was the Golden age, when Kerala prospered in every aspect and the people were happy and content. With the other Gods fearing his growing powers and popularity, he was sent to the underworld by Lord Vamana (a different reincarnation of Lord Vishnu). Before leaving Earth, Mahabali asked the Lord for a boon which allowed him to visit Kerala every year to ensure the well-being of his people. To this day, the people of Kerala celebrate his arrival. This 10 day festival is celebrated with much fanfare, carnivals, foods, music and dance. Truly a festival of joy.

Don’t forget your camera if you decide to join the festivals as these will give you plenty of plenty of opportunities to click some prize winning shots. Plan your trip around this month to get acquainted with a completely different side of Kovalam.

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