This is a temple festival in Kerela and is said to be the most colourful as it is celebrated with fireworks, umbrella showing competitions and lavish elephant processions. The fireworks display is held at 3 a.m. and lasts all the way till 6 in the morning. The processions are filled with colour and gaiety and people of all castes, colour and religions join in.
They day of the festival is spent visiting all the different temples in the state. They start with the major ones but do not dismiss the small ones. Numerous musical and cultural events ensue during the day and personalities from far and wide come to participate in these. The festival is concluded with all the devotees bidding adieu to the idols, gathered in front of the Vadakkunnathan temple..
The most incredible part of this festival is that people from all over the state make their way here for the celebrations. Elephants from the temples throughout the state are sent to Thrissur, the venue of the festivities, for the all famous elephant procession. People of all castes, creeds and colour eagerly participate in the merriment and enjoy the sights and colours they witness on the streets. The festival is concluded with an alluring display of fireworks which is also the festivals prime attraction.
The secular nature of the festival adds to its charm as it brings together Hindus, Muslims and Christians in the state who jointly collaborate to make the event a successful and memorable one.