People of Kollam

People of Kollam are proud of their traditional culture and heritage. They are primarily religious in nature. The natives of Kollam are descendants of the Dravidians. People from Kollam are also referred to as the Malayalees because Malayalam features as the language spoken by majority of the natives. Kannada, Tamil and Telugu are other languages, which are widely spoken by the natives of this city.

Hinduism is the principal religion in Kollam. Christians and Muslims also reside in this city. Due to the influence of the Portuguese invaders a large number of people are Christian converts. Majority of the Christians in Kollam are adherents of St. Thomas, the Apostle, who is believed to have stepped on the coast of Kerala during the first millennium.

Religion and festivals form an integral part of the culture of the people of Kollam. The main festivals of Kollam are the Kollam Pooram Festival, Astami Rohini festival in the Vadyattukotta Temple and the Oachirakkali festival. Each of these festivals reflects the culture and tradition of the native people.

The general lifestyle of the Kollam people are simple and original. These people place a great deal of importance on education and ensure to transform the ancient tradition and culture to the future generations. Kerala has achieved 100% literacy, and the city of Kollam is no exception. Because of the high literacy rate infant mortality rate is the lowest. Health care enjoys a top priority among these people.

Traditional dress of Kollam woman is a saree. Kollam men wear 'Kasavu Mundu', a three meter to four meter long cotton cloth with a silk border. 'Lungi' is the informal dress worn by men. However, in recent years women have adapted to shirts and trousers and women to salwar kameezes and other western outfits.

Knnaikkar are tribal groups residing in the forest areas of Kollam. They have a rich cultural heritage and their main source of livelihood is agriculture. They are fond of dance and music. The tribe has their own dialect and some of the Knnaikkars even speak Malayalam and Tamil. Other scheduled tribes and scheduled castes also make up a large portion of the population of Kollam.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011