Fairs of Kerala
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Fairs in Kerala are a reflection of deep rooted tradition, culture and history of the state. Religious beliefs of the people that have cascaded down from generation to generation are the main base of these fairs.
In this fair a totally new Kerala style village is recreated. The fair is organized along the Marine Drive and Kovalam Beach. Nalukettu, the home for upper class, is a prime attraction here. Nalukettu is decorated with ethnic Jewelry, beautiful paintings, sandalwood, and attractive ornaments. Tourists enjoy tea at ‘chayakada’ or teashops.
Gaja Mela is held at Kodimoottil Bhagavathy Temple at Parippalli in Kollam. On the last day of the fair a ‘gajamela’ or elephant show is held. The rituals of ‘thalappoli’ and ‘kuthiyottam’ are among other attractions of the festival.
Onam begins on atham day of Chingam, according to the Malayalam calendar. Cultural events, folk music, and dance are focal point of this festival. Elephant pageantry at Trichur and spectacular Vallamkali boat race are mark of this fair.
This festival is celebrated, in the month of Dhanu according to Kerala calendar, to commemorate the death of lord Kamdev. The fair and festival lasts for a week, Cultural dance and music are the main ingredients of the fair.
Other noted fairs of Kerala are Makara Vilakku, Chirappu, Omallor fair, and Magar Jyoti.
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