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Diwali in Kerala

Diwali is not widely celebrated in Kerala. In Kerala, Deepavali is observed to commemorate the killing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Diwali in Kerala in 2023 is on November 12. This is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in Tula Masam as per traditional Malayalam Calendar mostly a day before Diwali in North India.

The only ritual that is followed in Kerala during Diwali is ritualistic bathing in the early morning hours by applying oil on head and on the body.

Lighting of crackers is another ritual that is enthusiastically done in many regions in Kerala.