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When is Onam in 2017?

Onam in 2017 is on the Monday, 4th of Sep (9/04/2017).

Onam is on the 247th day of 2017. There are 118 days left in the year.

Quick Facts : Onam

  • Date: Sep 04, 2017
  • Regional
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  • 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
  • Fri
  • Aug 28, 2015
  • Mon
  • Sep 04, 2017
  • Wed
  • Sep 14, 2016

India holidays celebrated in year 2017

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Jan 01, 2017
  • Thu
  • Jan 26, 2017
  • Fri
  • Feb 24, 2017
  • Mon
  • Mar 13, 2017
  • Tue
  • Mar 28, 2017
  • Wed
  • Apr 05, 2017
  • Sun
  • Apr 09, 2017
  • Fri
  • Apr 14, 2017
  • Mon
  • May 01, 2017
  • Wed
  • May 10, 2017
  • Sun
  • Jun 25, 2017
  • Mon
  • Jun 26, 2017
  • Mon
  • Aug 07, 2017
  • Mon
  • Aug 14, 2017
  • Tue
  • Aug 15, 2017
  • Fri
  • Aug 25, 2017
  • Sat
  • Sep 02, 2017
  • Mon
  • Sep 04, 2017
  • Sat
  • Sep 30, 2017
  • Sun
  • Oct 01, 2017
  • Thu
  • Oct 19, 2017
  • Fri
  • Dec 01, 2017
  • Mon
  • Dec 25, 2017