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Default Thread Title:  Festivals in Kerala

Besides being endowed with immense beauty, Kerala is also famous for its lovely and colorful festivals and customs. Festival season is the best time for a visit to Kerala. Besides Onam and Thrissur Pooram, the festivals that stand as attractions in Kerala are Vishu, Payippad Jelotsavam, Makaravillakku at Sabarimala etc.

Malayali New Year day is celebrated as Vishu. Viewing good things on this day is considered to be propitious and brings good fortune for the year round. The most important part of the festival is the preparation of the Kani, which is the lucky sight or gift, and this custom is being followed from many generations. A grantha or palm-leaf manuscript, a gold ornament, new cloth, flowers from the Konna tree, silver coins in a cup, a split coconut, cucumber, fruits like mango and jackfruit are arranged on a large dish made of bell metal. Two burning lamps add to the beauty of the Kani. Members of the family are taken blindfolded to the Kani and view it first thing in the morning. A feast is arranged for all the members of the house.

Payippad Jelotsavam festival has a religious significance and is held on the Prathista day ceremony of Haripad Subramanya temple. The festival starts from the Onam festival day and goes on for three days. On the first two days snake boat precessions are carried out and the third day is marked by snake boat races.

Makaravillakku at Sabarimala is the other major festival that attracts lakhs of devotees from all over South India. The presiding deity here is Lord Ayyappa also known as Dharma Sastha.
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