Onam (Malayalam: ഓണം) is one of the greatest festivals of Kerala. It is a ten-day festival which is celebrated in the month of Chingam (according to the Malayalam calendar). The celebrations of Onam start on Atham (the first day) and continuing till tenth and the biggest day which is konwn as Thiru Onam. Onam is also a harvest festival.
According to legends Onam celebrates the return of King Mahabali, the kind demon king who once ruled the land.
All in the state of Kerala celebrates Onamm irrespective of their social status, religion, caste and age.
In Onam, people decorate their homes with fresh flower carpets known as ‘Pookalam’ to welcome the King Mahabali. They also wear new clothes and visit temples.
The festival is marked by various festivities, including intricate flower carpets known as ‘Pookalam’ , elaborate banquet lunches (OnaSadya), snake boat races, Onappottan, Kaazhchakkula in Guruvayoor, Puli Kali (Tiger Dance), Kaikottikali, etc.
The most spectacular Onam celebrations take place in Kochin, Trivandrum, Thrissur, and Kottayam.
The state government celebrates Tourism Week in Kerala during the Onam and much of Kerala’s culture is showcased during the festival.
Thus, Onam festival portrays the rich cultural heritage of Kerala, its golden past, rich traditions and prosperous present. Thousands of Tourists from all parts of the country and world visit Kerala during Onam.
Onam 2017 Date :
In 2017, Onam will be celebrated on Monday, September 4, 2017.