Festival & Culture, Kannur


Art & Culture
The Kolathri Kingdom deserves special mention with regard to the cultural heritage of the state. In the 14th and 15th centuries under the Kolathiri Rajas, Thaliparamba became a famous centre of learning, enlightenment and culture. With the transfer of the capital of Kolathiri from Thaliparamba to Chirakkal, Chirakkal also rose into prominence as a great centre of the arts. The gift of the district in the field of art and culture is its folk arts.

Folk dances
A large number of folk plays and dances are prevalent among the scheduled caster and tribes. Each tribe has its own glorious collection of folk plays and dances which are performed during festivals.

Godavery & Godamuri
It is an entertaining folk play of a quasi religious nature which is performed in the central parts of Kannur districts by the Malayans who are experts in the devil dancing. 
Vedan Padal or Vedan Pattu
Vedan Paddal is a peculiar ceremony observed in certain parts of the district on the month of Karkidakam which coincides with the season of scarcity in Kerala. 

This is a highly ritualistic dance. The theyyam dance is performed during the festivals of the shrines known by the name like Muchilode, Kavu, palliyera mundya tanam, Madhappura etc. It is essentially a human oration.

The traditional Hindu in the district, observes a number of religious festivals. Among them the prominent ones are vinayaka Chathurthi (in chingam August - September) Ashtami Rohini (in Chingam August - September) Navarathri ( in Kanni September - October) Maha sivarathri (in Kumbhom February - March) Onam (in chingam) Vishu (in Medom, April - May) and Pooram (in Meenam, March - April).

Onam the harvest festival of Kerala, is celebrated in Kannur also. This festival is limited to two days viz. 'Uthradam' and 'Thiruvonam' days.