Kerala is known as the land of festivals, as what this state is better at doing than most is celebrating festivals across the year. This is the reason why there is always vibrancy and cheer in the air. With the monsoon leaving, the season for the maximum festivals in the state has also begun. Hence, it is the best time to visit Kerala and experience it in all its glory. There are many Cochin resorts near the beach that one can book to enjoy the stay there.
When we talk about beach resorts, The LaLiT Resort and Spa Bekal, surrounded by the river Nombili and possessing a lagoon overlooking a white sand beach, comes to mind for its mystical beauty and lovely environs. Along with the festivals of the state, you will be able to take in the natural beauty of the place as well. Here are five festivals you must experience in Kerala:
The biggest festival in Kerala, Onam is also one of the most secular festivals. All religions celebrate Onam with equal zest. It falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug – Sept) which also signifies the homecoming of the mythical king, Mahabali. This festival lasts for ten days and is the best time to experience Kerala’s culture and tradition in full gusto. Replete with Pookalam (floral carpets), Onasadya (festival feast), Snake Boat Race, and the Kaikottikali dance, the state is filled with festive spirits during this time of the year.
Another major festival, Navarathiri is celebrated during the months of September and October. In Kerala, it is related to the worship of the Goddess Saraswathi. The nine nights are celebrated with musical programmes, especially the famous classical musical festival, which are a delight to attend.
The Sree Padmanabha’s Arattu
It is a royal procession of Lord Sree Padmanabha, who is the presiding deity of the temple. This festival is celebrated twice a year. It is a public holiday in the Thiruvananthapuram city and takes place during the months of November and December.
The festival of Christmas is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show in Kerala. The growing Christian population in Kerala has adapted the Christmas celebration with the spirit of the state. There are traditional church services and nativity arrangements, which celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with love and joy.
Approximately 23 per cent of Kerala’s population is Christian, and hence, Easter is observed with the same gusto as it is in the West. It has four phases, first being Lent, which is a 40-day fast, followed by Holy Week, which consists of four days, leading to the Easter Sunday. After Easter Sunday comes Octave of Easter, which is the period of traditional baptism, and finally, the festival ends with the paschal season, extending for 40 days more.
Hence, book yourself one of the splendid beach or hill resorts in Kerala around this time, and enjoy Kerala at its best!