Kerala is a state located in the south-west region of India on the Malabar coast. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Laccadive Sea to the west.
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital and the largest city of the state.
Some of the major cities of Kerala include – Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, etc.
Malayalam is the official language of the state.
Diwali Celebrations in Kerala :
Kerala is the only state in India where Diwali is not a major festival. Onam is the main festival of Kerala.
People of this region celebrate Onam with great zeal and enthusiasm as it is the day on which their King Mahabali returns to their Kingdom while Diwali or Deepavali celebrates the victory of Gods (Lord Vishnu) over demon King Mahabali and hence tradition of celebrating Diwali was never followed among the local Keralites as it is not part of their culture.
But today with a cosmopolitan population in most of the cities in Kerala, Diwali is celebrated in the state but celebrations are on a smaller scale as compared to the celebrations taking place in rest of the country.
Another reason why Diwali is not celebrated in the state is most of the people here are Jews and Christians who do not celebrate Diwali.
These people who celebrate Diwali, wear new clothes and visit temples to pay obeisance to goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. They decorate their homes, eat sweets, burst firecrackers, exchange gifts, etc.
How to Say Happy Diwali in Malayalam Language :
Deepavali Aashamsagal ( ദീപാവലി ആശംസകള് )