Festivals in kerala
Kottayam from time immemorial was a flourishing land of culture and heritage. It is reflected in the unique festivals and vibrant art forms of this District. Kottayam, the Citadel of Central Travancore was the cradle of religious harmony as exemplified by the numerous festivals today.
1) Erumeli petta thullal (connected with Sabarimala festival)- January.
2) Athirampuzha nercha and kazhunnu pratakshinam -January.
3) Kappalottam (model of a big ship taken) at Kuravilangad church – January/February.
4) Ezharaponnana ezhunallathu (elephants made of gold) at Ettumanoor Temple February/March.
5) Attuvela at Elankavu Bhagavathi Temple at Vadayar near Vaikom-(float of temple model)-March/April.
6) Tiyyattu performance at Pallipurathukavu in Kottayam town – April.
7) Garudan tookkam / parava at Manarcaud and Kudamaloor temples – April.
8) Padayani at Alapra Thacharikkal Bhagavathi Temple – April.
9) Pakkil Samkranthi vanibham (a display of household articles) – June/July.
10) Ettunompu at Manarcaud St. Mary’s Church – September.
11) Pooram Padayani at Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathi Temple (display of swans) – September.
12) Navarathri festival at Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple – October.
13) Ashtami festival at Vaikom Temple -December.
14) Zodiac worship at Sun Temple at Adityapuram, (only one in Kerala – located near Kaduthuruthi Temple and Malliyur Temple) – November / December – April/May.
15) Choottu padayani at Ponadu (by dancing with burning torches).
16) Mudiyeduppu Utsavam at Kalkulathukavu Temple at Vazhappalli near
Changanacherry – once in twelve years.