The Kerala festival, Pooram, is an extravagant event that occurs each year after the summer harvest. Each town has its own festival, many of which feature an elephant decorated with gold ornaments and trappings. Some smaller festivals may use dressed up horses or men instead. 

 

The festival in Thrissur is the most well known since many elephants are sent here to participate in the pageantry. More than two-dozen elephants each ridden by three specially trained mahouts (elephant riders) in their finery line up and parade down the street. As the elephants parade, they are accompanied by the sound of traditional instruments, conch shell, cymbals, trumpets and drums. Everyone comes out to see the impressive and majestic sight. Since this is India, Thrissur Pooram would not be complete without many rounds of firecrackers to wind up the day. It is a fun time for everyone in Kerala!

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