Thrissur Pooram is one of the popular festivals in India. It is an annual festival and is held in the town of Thrissur in the state of Kerala. Thrissur Pooram ranks among the most popular festivals in Kerala and thousands of people take part in the celebrations to mark the festival.
Thrissur Pooram Festival is celebrated in front of the Vadakkunnathan Temple, which is situated on a small hill. The celebration takes place in the period between the months of April and May. To mark the celebrations, people bring out processions which go to various streets in the town. The celebrations take place for around 36 hours and consist of parasol displays and firework shows. The fire works show start in the early hours and the last for around three to four hours.
The Thrissur Pooram Festival was introduced by the Maharaja of the state of Cochin, Sakthan Thampuran in the late 18th century. The main attraction of the festival is the procession. Around 15 elephants take part in the procession followed by hundreds of people. Various musical groups play the Panchavadyam, which is a blend of five percussion and wind instruments.
To celebrate the Thrissur Pooram Festival, people irrespective of age, castes and creeds take part in the procession. Thousands of people wear new clothes and women adorn themselves with traditional jewelry. To mark the festival, numerous shops offer discounts and rebates on various types of items. A number of music and dance events take place as a part of the celebrations of Thrissur Pooram. Renowned artists from various parts of the country take part in these events.