Karkitaka masam for Malayalees starts todayToday, 17th July, is an important day for Malayalees who follow the traditional outlook. It is the beginning day of the month Karkitaka, the last of 12 months as per Malayalam calender. Next is Chingam month the first month of next year (1193),the month of Onam, the festival season for Kerala. Karkitakam is generally a month of rain and the people of Kerala rarely go out for work in early days. Hence they remain in their homes and pray Gods by rendering epics like Ramayana. Even now this month is considered as Ramayana masam and devotees read Ramayanam at home or join together and read it within the premises of a nearby temple.
Also this month is considered good for cleaning the houses as well as ones body. Cleaning body means undergoing Ayurvedic treatments such as 'Dhara', 'Pizhichil', etc. Most of the people go for soft food items which are easily digested.