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Celebrated In : Pathnamthitta District, Kerala
Centre of Activity : Village Anandapalli
In the month of : August & September
Main Attraction : Ox Race Carnival
Anandapalli, a tiny village near Adoor in Pathanamthitta district is famous for its annual Maramadi festival, an ox race carnival, commonly held in the villages of Kerala during the harvest season (August- September).
Vast stretches of freshly ploughed paddy fields (kandams) form the stadium for the race. Excited villagers crowd around the stadium to cheer the participants.

A pair of oxen managed by three persons form a participating unit. Nearly 30 such units participate in the race, which starts at noon and continues up to dusk.