Onam Festival is the most popular festival of Kerala (the gods own
country). Onam is a Hindu festival, celebrated with a great weariness throughout Kerala for a period of ten days. Every year this festival is celebrated on the Malayalam month of Chingam. Onam festival is celebrated between August and September months as the harvest festival of Kerala.
Onam Festival is one of the most ancient Hindu festivals which is still celebrated with a huge devotion and enthiciasm. Onam Festival is devoted to a legendary king of Mahabali, who ruled Kerala in ancient times. In his dinesty people were happy, free from harm and also the harmony and prosperity was at the peak.
Onam festival celebrate for ten days – first day is Atham and the final day is Thiruvonam, of the celebration. People wear traditional clothes, decorate houses and put flower carpet (Pookalam)in front of their houses for Greeting to the King of Mahabali. Special pray are offered in the temples in early morning and younger members take blessings and gifts from the elder members of the family. Spectacular Carnivals of elephants, fireworks, boat races, music and the famous Kathakalli dance are traditionally associated with Onam festival. The Government of Karala conducts Tourism Week celebrations in connection with Onam, showcasing Kerala’s beauty and culture.