Kakkoor kalavayal is a famous Agricultural Festival known in South Kerala, which is a centuries old practice coming during the month of Malayalam Month Kumbham. Kumbham months usually falls in February – March. It is a post harvest festival celebrated by the people of Kakkoor and nearby places. The main highlight of Kakkoor kalavayal is the cattle market- which is the literary meaning of ‘Kalavayal’ The Festival Kakkoor kalavayal includes exhibition of agricultural products and elephant procession. The main programme of Kakkoor kalavayal is the cattle race and it is performed on the last day of Kakkoor kalavayal.
The myths of Kakkoor kalavayal:
There are many myths associtated with Kakkoor kalavayal. It is the celebration of the annual meeting of the deities of Edapara and Ambasery temples which are situated nearby area of kakoor who are sisters. The festival is celebrated in the star days of Aswathi, Bharani, Karthika, Rohini in the month of Kumbham.
However this cattle race has stirred up many animal busse issues as well. There are wide spread complaints that the racers resort to barbaric tactics to force the bulls ahead in the event like whipping and applying chilli paste on the animal’s eyes among others. So Kakoor kalavayal is fully videotaped from start to finish to scrutinize for any violations or cruelity to animals.
The festival of Jellikettu in
is some what same as of Kakkoor kalavayal deeply
rooted in history and hold special
sentimental value for the local populace.
However no one can deny that
these barbaric and bestial events designed by men for his pleasure are at the expense of the well beings of these mute and hapless
animals which are again and again put
into extreme hardship in pain. Madurai