: Pathnamthitta District, Kerala
Centre of Activity
: Village Anandapalli
: Ox Race Carnival
Anandapalli, a tiny village close to Adoor in Pathanamthitta district is well-known for its annual
Maramadi festival, an ox race carnival, normally held in the villages of
Kerala during the harvest season (August- September).
Huge stretches of freshly ploughed paddy fields (kandams) form the stadium for the race. Excited villagers crowd around the stadium to cheer the participants.
A pair of oxen managed by three persons forms a participating unit. Nearly 30 such units participate in the race, which starts at noon and continues up to dusk's