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Festivals and Events in Varkala

There are two major festivals in Varkala, along with two state festivals. The festivals are an important affair with shows and processions that have thousands of spectators from all over the state and beyond.

The Malayalam or Kerala New Year is locally known as Vashu and is celebrated in the month of April. The festival is an important one and is observed as a local holiday.

The Arattu festival at Janardhana Swamy Temple is commemorated each year, around the months of March and April, for 10 days. Kathakali dance is performed and do watch-out for the face movements of the dancers as they dance with their eye-brows, lips and nose as well. Processions of elephants form a delightful sight.

A more spiritually inclined festival is the Karkidaka Festival. A lot of people gather together on this day to pay homage and perform rituals for the salvation and peace of departed souls and ancestors. This festival falls on a full moon and is commenced around the months of July and August. People observe fasts on this day.

Onam is another festival celebrated during the months of August and September. It is also refered to as the rice harvest festival. People in Kerela decorate their house with flower carpets that are made by the women at home. Sports such as the snake-boat race are also performed during the 10-day festival.

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