Which are the most popular fairs and festivals in Kumarakom?
Posted on Dec 13, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Kumarakom celebrates most of the Indian festivals with great zeal and spirit. The way of celebrations may not be the same but the there is no loss of enthusiasm. While crackers and sweets rule the Deepavali celebrations in north India, the whole celebrations are summarized in a puja, good food and new clothes (at times) in Kumarakom and the rest of Kerala. A mixed-cultured population of natives and tourists allow Kumarakom to celebrate every festival including Christmas, Dussehra, Eid, Easter, Deepavali. However, there is one festival that every single individual awaits impatiently all through the year and it’s Onam.
Onam arrives (August-September) and the chant of the celebration in Kumarakom echoes to the other end of the backwaters. Onam marks the start of The Nehru Trophy – the popular boat race. Strong oarsmen sailing on stunning snake boats turn up to sail in the backwaters with the whole world gathered around to cheer them. Enormous amount of energy is generated when the oar strides with the rhythm of the vanjipattu – a folk song that oars sing to boost their morale.
Onam is not complete without the sadhya – the grand feasts on the banana leaf – in which a variety of chutneys, payasams (desserts), vegetables and sambar are served in a traditional manner. Delicious banana chips and the crunchy pappadam (papad) are set to tickle your taste buds. Onam has a lot more to offer with Pookalams (flower motifs) adorning the courtyards and women, wearing traditional sarees, dancing (Thiruvathira) around these. The Keralites hold the belief that the generous and loving king of Kerala, King Mahabali, comes to meet his people during Onam.