Onam is the biggest and ancient festival celebrated in kerela. It is the harvest festival and also marks the beginning of the year called chingam, which is the first month in malayalam calender and falls between august and september months. It is celebrated for 10 days with huge and grand activities all over the state of kerela. Onam
History of Onam Onam also marks the homecoming of Legendary King Mahabali, who ruled kerela in ancient times. That was said to be a Golden era of Kerela. It is believed that Mahabali, got a boon from god that he can visit the people every year.
Celebrations Onam is celebrated for ten days - First day is Atham and Thiruvonam is the last day of the celebration. Pepole will put “Pookalam” in front of their house and decorate the house to welcome mahabali, and they wear new dresses and youngers ones get blessings from elders, special poojas will also be arranged early morning in temples.
Highlights of Onam • Thripunithura athachamayam is the colorful start of onam, which is the street parade with elephants, musicians, and many kerela art forms. And the maharaja of kochi used to march from Tripunithura to Vamanamoorthy Temple in Thrikkakara, where the onam festival is originated. • Stage shows including classical and folk dances, art forms, drama, handicraft fairs will be arranged in a grand manner. • Festival is not fully filled without food. Specially for onam, people will prepare 21 curries dished up in banana leaf. • The Aranmula Boat Race is the most famous one, nearly 50 boats take part in the race, which will get started after the ritual got complete and the important thing which is focussed is tradition not the competition. • Pulikkali Tiger play is another important celebration, where the people will paint like tiger and dance and highlight the celebrations.
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