Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Kerala is one the few places in India where Christmas is most keenly celebrated. The festival of universal love and brotherhood is one of the most awaited celebrations in God’s Own Country. About 20% of the population here are Christians but people from other religions are also heartily welcomed to celebrate the birth of Saint Jesus Christ on 25th December.
The preparations for Christmas in Kerala take place prior to the festival. There are numerous customs and ceremonies involved while celebrating the great day. Popular customs include exchange of presents wrapped in beautifully decorated colour papers, making delicious creamy cakes, sharing meal with family and friends, decorating Christmas trees and cribs and hanging Christmas stars outside the houses. Christmas father or Santa Clause is one of the main attractions for the night. Children especially are very delighted as they believe Santa will bring gifts and sweets.
You will X’mas stars outside every home and shops. They come in various colours and patterns. At night a lighted lamp is placed inside it which gives a mesmerizing effect. Sincerely speaking, Kerala turns into paradise at night.
In the churches and cathedrals, hymns and carols are sung and a holy mass is held by the priest at midnight. But before the mass, an image of the baby Jesus is placed in the wonderfully decorated cribs. Candles are lit and crackers are burst to signify the holy birth of Jesus into the world. Finally, people hug each other and a feast with delicious cakes and meals take place.
Thus, the holy celebration of Christmas in Kerala spreads the message of brotherhood and compassion. Trust me, if you ever visit Kerala during this time, you will see the best Christmas celebration ever.
New Year Attractions in Kerala
New Year, the most awaited festival is just few weeks away. Preparations to welcome 2013 are in full swing. No doubt you are planning to make the celebration a memorable one. Are you wanting to celebrate this wonderful occasion as a vacation in the blissful company of natural splendour but don’t know where to go? No worries, I shall tell you of a place where you will have wonderful moments for your memorabilia that you can cherish for the rest of your life.
Kerala, yes God’s Own Country is what I highly suggest you to visit this New Year. New Year like any other festival is most heartily celebrated in Kerala. Houses and shops are wonderfully decorated with beautiful lightings. Trust me entire Kerala turns into paradise on this beautiful occasion. New Year attractions in Kerala are in plenty. Backwaters cruises during this time are the best thing to do. Hire a houseboat and explore the inner beauty of Kerala. Kumarakom and Alleppey are the two top destinations which offer the best houseboats cruises in the state. Trip to beaches like Kovalam is another good option. Beach parties here on this day will just blow your mind. Eat, dance and drink all night long. But if you want to celebrate this great day in a calm environment, then just head over to captivating hill stations like Munnar and Wayanad. You may also visit places like Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which offers you the most exotic display of flora and fauna. Trip to waterfalls like Athirappilly is again a fun idea.
All in all, your trip to Kerala on this enchanting occasion is just worth every penny. Have a time of your life this New Year.