Thrissur Pooram will be held without COVID restrictions, informed Devaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan here on Sunday.
The festival held annually at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, which is popular for huge gatherings, had been scaled down the last two years due to the pandemic.
The decision to relaunch the pooram with all its pomp was taken at a meeting chaired by the Devaswom Minister and attended by ministers K Rajan and R Bindu, both legislators from Thrissur district.
Representatives of devaswoms, local bodies and other officials also took part in the meeting.
"There will be no COVID restrictions but self restrictions are recommended," minister Radhakrishnan said. The pooram lovers have been advised to use masks and sanitisers.
"Some people who recovered from COVID still have mild discomforts, they are advised to avoid crowds."
The pooram is scheduled for May 10 and the flag hoisting will be held on May 4. The main fireworks, a highlight of the pooram, will be held on May 11.
Last year, the pooram had been held with important rituals and the participation of a minimal number of devotees and stakeholders.