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When is Onam in 2021?

Onam in 2021 is on the Saturday, 21st of Aug (8/21/2021).

Onam is on the 233nd day of 2021. There are 132 days left in the year.

Onam Facts

  • Date: Aug 21, 2021
  • 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
  • Fri
  • Aug 28, 2015
  • Wed
  • Sep 14, 2016
  • Mon
  • Sep 04, 2017
  • Sat
  • Aug 25, 2018
  • Wed
  • Sep 11, 2019
  • Mon
  • Aug 31, 2020
  • Sat
  • Aug 21, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
ThursdayThuJan 14, 2021Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
TuesdayTueJan 26, 2021Jan 26Republic Day
ThursdayThuMar 11, 2021Mar 11Maha Shivaratri
MondayMonMar 29, 2021Mar 29Holi
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02Good Friday
TuesdayTueApr 13, 2021Apr 13Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21Ram Navami
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25Mahavir Jayanti
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labour Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13Eid-ul-Fitar
WednesdayWedMay 26, 2021May 26Budhha Purnima
MondayMonJul 12, 2021Jul 12Rath Yatra
TuesdayTueJul 20, 2021Jul 20Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10Muharram
SundaySunAug 15, 2021Aug 15Independence Day
SaturdaySatAug 21, 2021Aug 21Onam
SundaySunAug 22, 2021Aug 22Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 30, 2021Aug 30Janmashtami
FridayFriSep 10, 2021Sep 10Vinayaka Chaturthi
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 15, 2021Oct 15Dussehra / Dasara
ThursdayThuNov 04, 2021Nov 04Diwali / Deepavali
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Guru Nanak's Birthday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas