Pulikali, which will be performed on Thursday, will bring curtains down on Onam celebrations in Thrissur.
Processions taken out by seven Pulikali teams, each with about 50 performers, will enter Swaraj Round around 4.30 a.m. after prancing their way through Kuruppam Road, M.G. Road, Palace Road and Shoranur Road. The winning team will bag the Mayor’s Trophy.
The Thrissur Corporation will award Rs.65,000 to each team. Onam celebrations in Thrissur are also incomplete without Kummatti, a masked dance. The people of Kizhakkumpattukara Thekkumuri, Vadakkumuri and Nallankara stage Kummatti, on the third Onam day, while those of Chelakkattukara and Ancheri on the fourth Onam day.
The Thekkumuri festival features three 63-year-old wooden Kummatti masks —of Kiratam, Thalla and Hanuman—claimed to be among the oldest in these parts.
The Thekkummuri Desa Kummatti Maholsav, held at Kizhakkumpattukara, east of Thrissur city, is believed to be more than 100 years old.