The traditional game of Spain, Tauromachy or Bullfighting is famous all around the globe. India has its own peaceful prototype for this sport, the Maramadi of Kerala. Maramadi is the traditional bull racing event, held every year in the post-harvest season. It takes place in the flooded paddy fields called ‘Kandam’ where the much enthusiastic spectators enjoy the game and get thrilled from the sidelines. The bulls are the real competitors and the masters are like Matadors, who guide the bulls along the path.
The bulls are specially bred and trained throughout the year for this event. On the day of the race, they are dressed in colors and the horns are painted for demarcation. The ploughed fields are filled with water. The splashes of water, make the competition more entertaining for the crowd.
The incredible Maramadi competition
Around 30 teams compete in this traditional bull race. Each team consists of two bulls and three matadors. The enthusiastic crowd adds to the zeal of the whole event. They cheer and applaud the teams and anticipate their journey to the finish line. The winners are awarded with trophies and cash prize.
The most famous of all races, ‘Maramadi’ takes place in Anandapalli, a small village in Pathanamthitta around August 15, every year.