May festivals: India’s Elephant Procession

Add to My Folder

This content has not been rated yet. (Write a review)

By Karen Hartwriter

Article originally published on 18th April 2013

Find out about the elephant procession in India and make an Indian metallic foil painting.

Pooram elephants
Image by Rajesh Kakkanatt, via Wikimedia Commons

Held in the Malayam month of Medam in April/May, in the city of Thrissur in the state of Kerala, the annual Pooram elephant procession is a remarkable sight. Dating from around 200 years ago, the parade consists of two teams of beautifully decorated elephants. A man then stands on the back of each elephant holding a parasol which is even taller than the elephant itself, while a second man waves a yak-tail fan. The men then exchange their parasols whilst standing on the elephants to the sounds of the temple orchestra. The night ends with a spectacular firework show.

Subscriber-only content

Scholastic Resource Bank: Primary - subscribe today!

  • Over 6,000 primary activities, lesson ideas and resources
  • Perfect for anyone working with children from 5 to 11 years old
  • Unlimited access – only £15 per year!
Subscribe

Reviews