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New Year Celebrations Special - New Year Traditions and Customs in Kerala

Updated on October 12, 2012

New Year in ‘God’s own Country’

New Year brings something special and new to every one’s life. It is the day of hopes and expectations. It is the festival of all. It is not the festival of a particular people or particular country. It is universal festival.

So it is impossible to keralite to avoid New Year day celebrations. Kerala has its own culture, tradition, Identity and dignity. Kerala has its own New Year day celebrations also.

Without forgetting their identity and culture, keralites are very ready to celebrate the New Year day, which is on the 1st January.

Special Customs and Belief in New Year Day

There is a belief in Kerala that on new year days, people should do things sincerely without any compromise. If they are ready to do good things in the very day of new year, they can do only good things entire the year- it’s common belief.

Especially children are instructed to observe good habit in new year day, by elders and teachers. It is the powerful occasion to begin evey good things in every one’s life.

New Year Decoration in Kerala
New Year Decoration in Kerala

New Year Procession and tableau

In order to increase the volume of enjoyment, people arrange colourful procession. To catch the eyes of viewers, the ingredients of procession are variety of dance, trilling and symbolic tableau, magic, children with colorful dresses and group of singers.

New Year Traditions and Customs

Method of Celebration in Kerala Style

Keralites celebrate it in their own way. The people pray God to shower happiness and prosperity. They sincerely pray God to eliminate all kinds of evil nature from their minds.

They consider new year day as the day of purification of mind. They give the colour of religious performance to the celebrations of new year day. They visit holy places and temples.

To, young people, it is the day of uncontrolled joy and freedom in kerala. Common places like beaches, parks, hotels will be full of merry making. But it’s a pity that at least a considerable share of the Kerala youth run behind liquor and smoking to make new year eve colorful.

New Year Greetings Messages To Friends and Relatives

It is the formality of new year day celebration to greet one’s friends and relatives. Giving gifts and other valuable items to dear ones is another formality of new year day celebrations in the state of kerala.

Sending new year messages through mobile phones is prevalent in Kerala. It takes to the situation of mobile networks getting jammed during new year days.

Special Foods for New Year Day

People in kerala like to prepare special food items on the new year eves. Most them prepare their traditional style of food items. Some are avoiding non vegetarian foods.

They believe that cake and payasam( it is a special homely sweet food item of Kerala) are very important items of food in new year day.

New Year Decoration in Kerala

Decorating well is the human tendency. According to an average Keralite, new year day is the fine occasion to clean and decorate homes and streets. They use colorful items to decorate. Streets and buildings are decorated with colorful stars and variety of lights. Some people use particular plants and flowers to decorate. Government and various Government bodies even organize competitions for light and star arrangement .

New Year Fireworks

Fireworks and crackers are the very important items of new year day celebration. The fireworks and crackers can create the real mood of happiness and enjoyment. So keralite like the play with fireworks and crackers. Everywhere in the kerala , one can enjoy the sounds, colour and shining colour of fireworks and crackers.

Cochin Carnival
Cochin Carnival

Special Customs and Belief in New Year Day

There is a belief in Kerala that on new year days, people should do things sincerely without any compromise. If they are ready to do good things in the very day of new year, they can do only good things entire the year- it’s common belief.

Especially children are instructed to observe good habit in new year day, by elders and teachers. It is the powerful occasion to begin evey good things in every one’s life.

New Year Decoration in Kerala

Decorating well is the human tendency. According to an average Keralite, new year day is the fine occasion to clean and decorate homes and streets. They use colorful items to decorate. Streets and buildings are decorated with colorful stars and variety of lights. Some people use particular plants and flowers to decorate. Government and various Government bodies even organize competitions for light and star arrangement

New Year Cochin carnival

Cochin carnival was started during the time of colonial regime. It is one among the oldest and powerful celebration of new year in kerala. As time passes the form and method of Cochin carnival also changed. Now it is the very glamorous and beautiful function of new year celebration.

Kerala becomes very hot place of new year day celebration. Many foreigners also like to be here, when new year day comes because its way of celebration of new year day and its priceless quality of culture and tradition.

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