Winter Nostalgia

Thiruvathira Festival (the reminiscences of a rich heritage)

18th Dec 2013: 

Today is Thiruvathira Festival  in Kerala for Hindus .Women celebrate this day with great joy and respect as it is the birth day of Lord Shiva.

The significance and grandeur of Thiruvathira,though mostly can be seen only in the days gone by.
Even today,these rituals are  important  to those who wants to follow tradition.And it is our duty to pass these information to next generation;as these festivals promote unity,love and compassion.

On the day,women of Kerala worship Lord Shiva for marital bliss.Unmarried girls too indulge in all the rituals with prayers for getting an ideal husband like Lord Shiva.

Today, people can not keep faith in these stories,world has changed to an extend that we are not able to trust each other even !

This was a day of celebration exclusively  for women folk of Kerala. Today,women are independent and so may not really understand the importance of this festival.

But, my childhood memories of the festival are bleak if compared to the stories I have heard from my mother ,how she in her childhood,along with other female members of her joint family,used to wake up before 4 am in the morning and had a special bath in their pond. Singing Hymns and splashing the water in a particular way was an interesting ritual to start with.

(From her words,I could only fancy that full moon night,teeth chattering cold of winter season,a group of women,high in spirits,enjoying ,merrymaking; forgetting all their worries or duties -just for one day.)

full moon Kerala

Then  follows some other very exciting rituals like swinging,dancing;all accompanied with songs related to Lord Shiva.

No wonder,Thiruvathira is an ageless passion; a remnant of the golden days of the yore. 

Some Facts about this small state KERALA

Kerala is a small state in the south-west region of India at the Malabar coast.Malayalam is the language spoken by the people of Kerala.
Culture of Kerala
Kerala is the region marked in red in the map

Kerala is small but rich in culture and heritage.This state has the highest literacy rate and highest Human Development Index.

Because of it's serene beauty and wealthy spice resources,Kerala is also called "God's Own Country".
Kerala produces rice, Coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices.

India's 85% of Natural Rubber  is obtained from Kerala

Spices include

  • Pepper (97% of India's Pepper production output is from Kerala)
  • Cardamom
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Tamarind
  • Nutmeg
  • Curry leaves
  • Vanilla

People of Kerala respect arts in any form .Each young child,irrespective of religion ,tries to learn and excel in some kind of art.That is their passion for dance,music and any other art forms.
Performing arts include
 Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattom, Thullal and Krishnanattam. (Krishnanattam was originated and developed in the temple theaters during the classical period under the patronage of royal houses.
  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Sports
  • Cuisine
  • Tourism
  • Elephants
  • Telecommunication Media
  • Martial arts like 'Kalaripayattu'(This ancient martial art is claimed as the mother of all martial arts. )
There are many more stories and information about Kerala,my homeland.But only later....




Nice post on Thiruvathira even in TamilNadu we do celebrate Thiruvathirai

Thank You for the valuable comment.I read some where about this,but do not have much info.That is why I didn't mention it.

Good Info... I loved reading it...

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