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Quick Facts : Onam


Date: Sep 07, 2014 Type: Regional Also Called:
Celebrations: Wearing new clothes, decorating houses, fireworks, boat race
 

Onam

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Intoduction:

Onam is a Hindu festival, celebrated with a great enthusiasm throughout Kerala between August and September.

Description:

Onam is the most popular festival of Kerala (a southern coastal state of India). This is a Hindu festival, celebrated with a great enthusiasm throughout Kerala for a period of ten days. Every year this festival falls on the Malayalam month of Chingam - between August and September and also known as the harvest festival of Kerala.

Onam is one of the most ancient Hindu festivals which is still celebrated with a great devotion. Onam marks the homecoming of King Mahabali, a legendary king, who ruled Kerala in ancient times. That period was believed to be the golden age of Karala, people were happy, free from harm and complete harmony and prosperity was there. This golden age ended when Vamana (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) pushed King Mahabali, deep into the earth. Satisfied by Mahabali’s honesty and generosity, the lord granted him a wish that he can visit his kingdom and dear subjects once in a year.

Onam is celebrated for ten days - Atham is the first day and Thiruvonam is the final day of the celebration. People wear new clothes, decorate their houses and put flower carpet called 'Pookalam' in front of their houses, to welcome the King Mahabali. Special pujas are offered in the temples in early morning and younger members take blessings and gifts from the elder members of the family. During Onam traditional rituals are performed followed by a lavish feast with twenty-one homemade curries and sweet payasam on plantain leaf. Spectacular Carnivals of elephants, fireworks, boat races, music and the famous Kathakalli dance are traditionally associated with this festival. The state government of Karala conducts Tourism Week celebrations in connection with Onam, showcasing Kerala's beauty and culture.

 

Onam Observances



Day Year Date Holiday Name
Fri2008Sep 12Onam
Wed2009Sep 02Onam
Mon2010Aug 23Onam
Fri2011Sep 09Onam
Wed2012Aug 29Onam
Mon2013Sep 16Onam
Sun2014Sep 07Onam

India holidays celebrated in year 2014



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Wed2014Jan 01New Year's Day
Mon2014Jan 13Prophet's Birthday
Tue2014Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Sun2014Jan 26Republic Day
Thu2014Feb 27Maha Shivaratri
Mon2014Mar 17Holi
Fri2014Apr 18Good Friday
Thu2014May 01Labor Day
Sun2014Jun 29Rath Yatra
Tue2014Jul 29Eid-ul-fitar
Sun2014Aug 10Raksha Bandhan
Fri2014Aug 15Independence Day
Sun2014Aug 17Janmashtami
Fri2014Aug 29Vinayaka Chaturthi
Sun2014Sep 07Onam
Thu2014Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
Sat2014Oct 04Dussehra / Dasara
Sun2014Oct 05Bakri Id / Eid Ul-adha
Thu2014Oct 23Diwali / Deepavali
Mon2014Nov 03Muharram
Thu2014Dec 25Christmas
 
 
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