Onam celebrations are the best celebrated festival in Kerela. This festival brings out the true colours of the people of Kerela who celebrate this festival with great zeal and enthusiasm. Onam is basically a harvest festival and is celebrated throughout India with different names for different regions.

Onam Celebrations In Kerela :

The popular belief of people during Onam is that the Asura King Mahabali visits Earth, which is why people take great care in cleaning of the houses and decorating it with the best of upholstery and flowers. Every member takes great effort in getting ready for Onam, by taking a bath and wearing their best new clothes. And the day begins with a visit to the temple to offer prayers and seek God’s blessings.

Onam is celebrated for ten days in the months of August-September. During these ten days the people of Kerela eat very firmly only vegetarian food, and make sure that they feed the poor so that their houses are blessed with prosperity. There are also rituals that encourage exchange of gifts to one another. The oldest member of the family receives presents from all the other members of the family. The last day of Onam celebrations is celebrated with great pomp and style, with music and dance, and the people of Kerela make traditional dishes that they offer to the Gods.

Onam is also known for the famous snake boat race. This race is popularly called as Vallamkali, and is a major tourist attraction event. People travel miles in order to watch this race. (more…)

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Onam is supposed to be one of the richest festivals in Kerala, which is considered as “God’s own country”. The festival Onam mainly descends in the Chingam month, according to Malayalam calendar which comes on August/September and it symbolizes the return of great king Mahabali who comes and visits his kingdom once in a year .Onam starts from day “Atham to thiruvonam”, for about 10 days and it exhibits the tradition and culture of kerala.

Ten day Onam Celebrations:

Pookalam is carried out for these days which is elaborately decorated flower arrangement, along with the feast that follows, with some entertaining arts like Kaikottikali where the women make a circle and dance by clapping their hands .Another feature of Onam celebration is Snake Boat race which will be held in the harvest season and participants from all over kerala wil participate in it.

During the ten days, the cultural heritage is exhibited and the carnival is a treat to everybody and everyone in kerala, without any race discrimination celebrate onam. Feast of onam called ‘Onasadya’ contains about 13 side dishes and people sit down with banana leaves on the floor to have the food.

Onam will be an opportunity to show their talents as there will be lot of games of which some of them are played by women and some by men. The games that men get involved are ‘Panthukali’(games with ball),Attakalam, Kayyankali etc, while women usually conduct some entertaining activities like Pookalam(flower arrangement) which is done in order to welcome the king.

Kaykottikali, thiruvathirakkali, thumbi thullal, all of which are done in groups, will have some graceful steps which they do for entertainment. Other folk dance which is common is Pulikali, where the men paint themselves as the body of a tiger and dance according to the tunes and ‘Kummati Kali’, where the dress worn is similar to Kathakali.

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