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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