Onam Festival :



Onam is one of the biggest and most celebrated or popular festival of the state of Kerela in the country of India. This is the festival which is celebrated with great joy and moments of pleasure among the people of Kerala. Onam is a remarkable festival of this state which is celebrated to marks the King Mahabali of Kerala.

It is the occasion which is celebrates in welcoming of King Mahabali. This festival observes each of the year in the month of Chingam a Malayali month. According to English calendar it observes in the month of August or September each of the year.

This festival celebrates for long ten days in the state of Kerala. During the festival there are many cultural and traditional programs we can see and enjoy. Snake boat races, flower carpets, Puli Kali, Kaikottikkali dance, and elaborate banquet lunch are the major activities are done during the time of Onam festival in Kerala. Kaikottikkali dance is one of the major and most fabulous dances of this state of Kerala. It is the dance which needs a good concentration on practices and awareness of steps of this dance.

Onam is also a most valuable time for harvesting in the state so it is also called as the harvest festival of the Kerala. There was also a beautiful myth behind the celebration of Onam in this state. King Mahabali was one of the great powerful kings of past time. Lord Indra was afraid to him so he got help from lord Vishnu to overcome about his power. During the time of Onam festival in Kerala there organizes a big fair too. People adorned their houses and shops that time.

Onam Festival In Year 2013: 16 September

As like each year the festival of Onam will also celebrate. It will be celebrate for long 10 days in the state of Kerala.

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The Onam celebrations for ten days are carried to please the king who visits his land, once a year. The ‘Thiruvonam’, the tenth day is found to be the significant day as the king comes on this day mainly. People want to make their king happy, by expressing their happiness through celebrations and entertainments.

Some of the Rituals of Onam:

Another amazing play of Onam is snake boat race called ‘Vallamkali’, where Vallam is the boat and kali means play. There are ‘Chundan Vallams’ which will carry loads of men in it, even about 100-150 men. As a part of Onam, the men will sing songs to the rhythm, thus making their boat ride an enjoying event. The spectators are amazed by the speed with which the boat proceeds and it’s really a wonderful experience to see the well decorated boats, mostly held in well known rivers like Pampa, Payippad Lake of Alappuzha, Chembakulam of Ambalappuzha etc.

During onam there will be a big carnival arranged which will expose lot of stories of Mahabali and Vamana and there will be women and men dressed as statues exhibiting the culture of Kerala too. All will be moving as a procession for the people to view .The procession is named as Athachamayam. In olden days the Maharajas used to travel up to the fort of Thripunithara with the whole retinue. Nowadays people carry out similar procession maintaining its imperialism. The procession may involve barded elephants, dance shows by some of the skilled performers and music carried along with it.

Another event called ‘Aranmula Uthrittathi’ is well known boat event which is conducted .this event describes the Lord Krishna’s story of river cross on that special day. Since the spirit of the lord is conceived here, there is no contest for this show and they will also deliver offerings on the particular occasion.

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