Vavu Bali, or Karkidaka Vavu Bali, is a ritual, or rites, dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Karkidaka Vavu Bali 2010 date is August 9. Dead parents, grand parents, relatives and ancestors are remembered on the no moon day (Karutavavu) in Karkidaka Masam and ‘Shraddham’ for them is performed on the seashore and on riverbanks. The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘
Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.
In Kerala, ‘
Bali’ is performed on no moon day, known as Karuta Vavu in Malayalam. Bali is also performed on the birth star or Nakshatra of the dead person. But ‘ Bali’ performed on Amavasi day in Karkidakam month is considered highly auspicious and it is believed that souls of the dead are pacified easily.
Bali in Karkidakam month is important because the Dakshinayana period begins in this month. It is considered to be the night of the Devas. The popular belief is that ancestors will achieve moksha during the period due to the Bali performed by relatives on the earth.
On the same day, Aadi Amavasi is observed in neighboring Tamil Nadu and people perform rites dedicated to the dead. Thousands of devout Hindus also take a holy dip in important Teerthams and sacred rivers on the day.