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Culture of Kerala

There is a lot more to Kerala than eyes can see. When we speak of traditional heritage, cultures and customs prevailing in the southern Indian peninsula, numerous images from Kerala conjure up in India. In the ancient times, Dravidians ruled over the state of Kerala. Even today, the influence can be easily noticed. Age-old traditions and customs are a an essential part of people’s life in Kerala. Like other regions of India, even Kerala is home to various communities who belong to various religions. Whether it is the occasion of traditional festivals, martial arts forms, dance forms, dress materials or cuisines, Kerala occupies a unique place in the cultural history of India.

People in Kerala have followed their traditions for years and even today they are inclined towards their culture. They like coming together on festive occasions and celebrate traditional festivals with great pomp and fervour. Malayalam is Kerala’s official language.

Boat Racing Events
For years, this tradition has been continuing. Most popular among all the boat races in Kerala is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Travellers from all across the globe flock to the state around this festive occasion not only to witness a great cultural event but also to experience the togetherness that Keralites respect and share. Nehru Trophy Boat Race is organized every year as locals from the length and breadth of the state participate.

Traditional/ Cultural Festivities
In India, faith drives the whole nation. Thrissur Pooram, an important temple festival has gained popularity all over the world. Harvest festival Onam is also celebrated with much pomp and fervour. Whether it is the time of Id, Christmas or any other cultural festival, people in Kerala exemplifies a togetherness that the whole country has been proud of. All religious boundaries seem to dissolve in an atmosphere of love, affection and piety.

Regional/ Festive Cuisines
Food from Kerala is known all over the world for its unique combination of spices. Light on stomach, almost every Keralan dish is prepared with a variety of spices. Voyagers from Greece, Italy, China and France have all had their influence in making the Kerala cuisines one of the richest. Pulao, Biryani, Thoran, Avial, Idli and stew can provide almost everyone with a finger licking experience. Even during the festive occasions, people of Kerala prepare food which is relished with much delight.

Dresses and Costumes
As a part of their tradition, Keralaites wear mundu and neriyattu. Women can be seen wearing saree and blouse. Modern garments, however, have also found a place in the wardrobe of Keralaites. Dress materials like jeans, T-shirts, trousers and kurta pajama are also worn by the people of Kerala, specially by the young generation.

Classical Artforms / Dance forms
For ages, performing arts have been a part and parcel of people’s lives in Kerala. No wonder the classical dance forms and martial art forms are practiced with utmost dedication by the people of Kerala even today. Apart from the major dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniattam, Kerala also boasts a number of folk dances. Kalaripayattu, a traditional form of martial art, features numerous acrobatic movements and uses weapons like swords and shields.