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In the month of May 2011, Thrissur will witness the 48th edition of the Thrissur pooram exhibition which is being held at Thekkinkadu Maidan (the premises around Vadakkunathan Temple) in Thrissur. The exhibition has been attracting a lot of people both locally and from afar. Every year this exhibition is conducted before the Thrissur pooram starts. Thrissur pooram is a festival of the district of Thrissur in Kerala which showcases a large collection of people and elephants at the Vadakkunathan Temple. The exhibition is called as The All India Agricultural, Industrial, Educational and Cultural exhibition and it is organised by the Paramekkavu temple and Thiruvambady temple Devaswoms (boards). The exhibition will conclude on May 24th 2011.
Stalls available at Thrissur pooram exhibition
There are about 150 stalls in this exhibition. Some of the stalls are organised by private agencies and most of them are arranged by the government institutions. One can find many items such as toys, kitchen equipments, bags, trinkets, textile materials, gardening items, electronics etc at these stalls. There are also a number of food stalls selling icecreams, snack items such as samosa's, chaat items, the Kerala special molagu bajji (spicy pakoda) and fresh juices. Regular contributors in the Thrissur pooram exhibition are Kerala Agricultural University, Coir Board, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Indian Space Research Organisation, Oushadhi, Farm Information Bureau and Kerala State Electricity Board. The exhibition includes many stalls which sell handicraft items especially those from places like Rajasthan and Gujarat. Customers can bargain a lot before buying these exclusive items. Numerous stalls sell textile materials such as sarees, churidar materials, night dresses etc. Children will love this exhibition because most of the shops sell a large variety of toys, toy guns, cricket bats, balls etc.
Various activities that take place at Thrissur pooram Exhibition
Another reason why children will enjoy the exhibition is that there are few amusement rides towards the end of the exhibition. The giant wheel is usually a common ride in these exhibitions. There are also few galleries given for art and painting displays, bookshops etc. Young girls and women also have a good time in the exhibition as they have a variety of choice in jewelery items and other trinkets such as bangles, earrings, hair bands etc which can be bought at a cheap price. The shops which sell kitchen equipments give a demonstration of some of the new kitchen accessories which can help you to finish cooking within a short span of time. Many other small items such as agarbathi's, perfumes, bed sheets and pillow covers can be found and bought in abundance here. Because of the variety in choice and the fun activities available, the people of Thrissur wait excitedly for the exhibition to begin. It is an enjoyable leisure activity as well as a medium to get cheap and good quality products. The Thrissur pooram exhibition has been managed by a committee which consists of nominees of the Devaswoms, the Thrissur Corporation, the Cochin Devaswom Board, representatives of social organizations and the government officials.
The Sample Vedikettu (first round of display of fireworks) for Thrissur Pooram took place on May 10th. Chamaya Pradarshanam (display of caparisons) by Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady temples will be held on May 10th and 11th respectively. The main event of Thrissur Pooram will take place on May 12th 2011. The fascinating display of fireworks will take place at 2.30am on May 13th.
Here is a video of the Thrissur pooram exhibition - http://www.indiavideo.org/kerala/festival/thrissur-pooram-exhibition-53.php