With a number of Temples, Mosques & Churches, Malappuram abounds in fair & festivals. Some important ones are given below.
Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram is an important temple festival of central Malabar. Thirumandhamkunnu is said to be one among the three important Bhagavati temples of kerala, the others being Kodungallur and Panayanarkavu.    The Pooram festival is during March-April. The cultural feast is the most attractive feature of this festival. The seven day dialy pooja attracts thousands of devotees. The famous Mangalya Pooja attracts young women in thousands, who come to pray for a good wedlock. Thirumandhamkunnu is 2 kms. west of Perinthalmanna, in the Kozhikode-Palakkad state high way.
Kottakkal Pooram. Kottakkal, the seat of Ayurvedic treatment, is also famous for its temple festival. Kottakkal Pooram, celebrated during March-April, is attractive for its cultural festivity. During the seven days, famous classical artistes of the country perform here.
Nilambur Pattu. Nilambur Pattu is an ancient festival. It is conducted by Nilambur Kovilakam during February. Thousands gather to witness this week long celebration. The festival is related to ancient war and hunting. Tribal chieftains have important roles in the rituals.
Kondotty Nercha Kondotty Nercha is a week long festival in March. The Nercha is condected in Pazhayangadi Moque of Kondotty, constructed in the 18th century A.D. The Tomb of Mohammed Sha the Sufi Exponent, is close to the mosque. It was constructed in Mughal style. The Nercha has an inter religious expression in its Petyy Varavu. Thousands gather during the Nercha which assumes carnival proportions with hectic trade and amusements
Puthanpalli Nercha. The Andu Nercha of Puthenpalli at Perumpadappu in the south west border of the district, is also famous. Lakhs of devotees attend this annual festival of the mosque. As a part of the festival, neichor (Ghee Rice) is distributed to devotee and the poor.
Omanur Nercha. Omanur Nercha is a famous mosque festival in Malappuram district, celebrated in memory of martys. Omanur is 6 Km away from Kondotty.
Malappuram Perunnal. The church festival at Malaparamba near Angadipuram is famous. Church festivals in Pariyapuram, Chungathara, and Edakkara in summer, also attracts plenty of devotees. Small and big religious festivals are conducted in almost all parts of the district during summer. Bakrid, Id-ul-suha and Muharam of Muslims, Thiruvathira and Navarathri of Hindus and Christmas of Christians, along with Onam,common to all sections, are celebrated. An intermingling fragrance of Oppanapattu, Duff, Kaikottikali, and Margamkali; prevails all over the district. During Onam, a Tourism festival for one week, with a variety of cultural programmes, is also organised.

Festivals observed in different parts of the district are mentioned below :

Kothu and Thalappoli, Pooram, Kala Pattu , Thalapoli, Shashti Utsavam, Pooyam, Navarathri, The Pooyam, Vela, Sivaratri vilakku, Bhagavathy Pattu, Chittu vilakku, Kettiyattam, Jaram Nercha, Ther Pooja, MakaraChovva Vela, Meena karthika, Vettakkaran Pattu, Bhagavathy Ezhunnallippu, Ayyappan Vilaku,Andathodu Nercha, Makara Vila, Feast of St. Kuriakose, Feast of St. Sebastian, Feast of St. Joseph, Milad-I-Sheriff, Muharram, Bathar Moulud, Annual Ratheeb, Feast of St.Francis Xavier, Kumbha Bharany, Pooram, Ekadasi, Vavu Utsavam, Thaipooyam, Kalamkari, Shree Krishna Jayanthi, Mandalapooja, Thunchan day, Kaliyattam, Onam, Vishu, Theeyattam, Thira and Punartham.

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