Kerala Village Life
Kerala Village Life : What is village life like in Kerala? Kerala’s cultural and social roots are firmly set in the countryside. Kerala village life is a combination of rich tradition, culture and religious diversity. The charm of Kerala traditions that have been preserved throughout the ages, which remain very much alive in Kerala villages.
Early morning visit a Kerala village home to see and feel how the real day and actual simple life in the village starts. Typical Kerala village life starts early before sunrise. Village life is more closely tied to tradition. Villagers take bath in the early morning and perform religious activities.
Family plays significant role in Kerala village life. Kerala villages are under changes. Women play a key role in the house, in child care, and in various agricultural activities. Men take the responsibilities of earning money. Mostly men would do physically hard work and women would do light work. Most of the family members work together in the field during the farming season and harvesting season. The rest of the time men will go for earning money and women will stay home to look after the older members of the family and children.
Some villagers indulge in traditional industries based on coir and coir products, marine products, hand loom, different types of handicraft’s, toddy tapping etc. Others involve in fishing, duck farming etc to make a living. But nowadays educated village youth, boys and girls are going outside village to make an earning.
Older people held a respectable place in village life. They make all important decisions and rules, and other family members abide by them. Whole family take food together .
Libraries, wayside eateries are the common spaces where villagers gather and discuss the topics varies from gossips to social relevant issues. Villagers are becoming aware of the political affairs also.
School children being ferried across the canal in Kettuvalloms is a common sight in Kerala villages. In the evening, they swim in the village pond with the cattle’s.
Kerala villages have lush greenery with coconut trees, Arecanut trees , mango trees and bananas. During monsoon large banana leaves are used as umbrellas.
Village men take combination of tapioca and fish curry along with village toddy after their work in the evening.
Kerala village has a rich cultural life, much of which revolves around the traditional festivities. Thus Kerala village life presents a vibrant picture.