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Quick Facts : Onam

  • Date: Sep 07, 2014
  • Regional
  • Also Called:
  • Celebrations: Wearing new clothes, decorating houses, fireworks, boat race
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Onam is a Hindu festival, celebrated with a great enthusiasm throughout Kerala between August and September.

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
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Fri
  • Sep 12, 2008
  • Wed
  • Sep 02, 2009
  • Mon
  • Aug 23, 2010
  • Fri
  • Sep 09, 2011
  • Wed
  • Aug 29, 2012
  • Mon
  • Sep 16, 2013
  • Sun
  • Sep 07, 2014

India holidays celebrated in year 2014

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Wed
  • Jan 01, 2014
  • Mon
  • Jan 13, 2014
  • Tue
  • Jan 14, 2014
  • Makar Sankranti / Pongal
  • Sun
  • Jan 26, 2014
  • Thu
  • Feb 27, 2014
  • Mon
  • Mar 17, 2014
  • Fri
  • Apr 18, 2014
  • Thu
  • May 01, 2014
  • Sun
  • Jun 29, 2014
  • Tue
  • Jul 29, 2014
  • Sun
  • Aug 10, 2014
  • Raksha Bandhan
  • Fri
  • Aug 15, 2014
  • Sun
  • Aug 17, 2014
  • Fri
  • Aug 29, 2014
  • Sun
  • Sep 07, 2014
  • Fri
  • Oct 03, 2014
  • Sun
  • Oct 05, 2014
  • Thu
  • Oct 23, 2014
  • Mon
  • Nov 03, 2014
  • Thu
  • Dec 25, 2014