The Festivals of Kerala transcend the level of mere entertainment. They are inherited from an age-old tradition that exudes the essence of the State. A closer look at the calendar of Kerala will reveal that it is the land where festivals never end. Apart from traditional festivals like Onam and Vishu there are a score of temple festivals like world renowned Thrissur Pooram. Onam is the main festival of Kerala which is celebrated as a harvest festival which is linked with the mythical King Mahabali who Malayalees consider as their King. Vishu is another important festival of Kerala that falls normally on 14th or 15th or 16th day of April. It is considered as the new year here. Festivals in Kerala are an important part of their culture which people here celebrate with full joy and celebrations.
Some of the main festivals celebrated in Kerala are-
Spectacular among the festivals of Kerala are the poorams held in temple of Central Kerala. The poorams are marked by their impressive procession of caparisoned elephants and Pachavadyam, the traditional percussion ensemble. Thrissur Pooram, often referred to as the Mother of all Poorams is noted for its spectacular display of fireworks.
No celebration in Kerala is complete without an elephant pageant. This gentle giant is accorded the privilege of escorting the numerous gods and goddesses of this land. The elephant pageants feature colorfully decked up pachyderms, with mahouts atop them holding aloft tinseled silk parasols, swaying white tufts and peacock feather fans.
The largest team sport in the world, the snake boat races of Kerala are held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival. The snake boat is usually manned by four helsmen, 25 singers and 100-125 oarsmen who row in unison to the fast rhythm of the vanchipattu(song of the boatman)