Onam is a festival of Kerala immersed in myths, folklore and traditions.
Onam is an occasion for
Keralities to celebrate plenitude and togetherness. The ten-day Onam
celebrations begin on the Atham asterism of the Malayalam month Chingam
(August-September). Onam the harvest festival of Kerala which tells almost all
the cultural and ritual activities practised during the Onam days. During
these days children prepare floral designs called Pookkalam in front of their
houses to welcome Onathappan (an affectionate term of address for Maveli or King
Mahabali). Thiruvonam, the tenth day, is the most auspicious. On this day all
members of the family gather together, usually at the ancestral home for Sadya -
the traditional lunch served on plantain leaves.
Disclaimer : In Kerala, some of the festival dates are decided in accordance
with the Malayalam Calendar. Local practices also influence the dates of some
traditional, customary and auspicious events. Being the case, the dates
appearing in this section are approximate, which the users need to confirm with
the local authorities.