This year’s ‘Karkidakavavu’ will be observed on Thursday, July 28. It is an occasion when people offer ‘bali’ – a ritual offering – to propitiate the souls of their deceased ancestors.
‘Bali’ could be offered on ‘Amavasi’ (no moon day) of every month of the Malayalam calendar. However, the ritual carries special significance during the month of Karkidakam. This is because it is the first no moon day during the southern transit of the Sun (‘dakshinayanam’).
Devotees believe that by pleasing ancestors with ‘bali tharpanam’ (offering of ‘bali’, a tribute to deceased ancestors), they would earn prosperity.
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