Onam is that the biggest and therefore the most vital pageant of the state of Kerala. it's a harvest pageant and is widely known with joy and enthusiasm everywhere the state by folks of all communities. per a preferred legend, the pageant is widely known to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is claimed to go to Kerala at the time of Onam.
Onam is widely known within the starting of the month of Chingam, the primary month of South Dravidian Calendar (Kollavarsham). This corresponds with the month of August-September per Gregorian calendar.
Carnival of Onam lasts from four to 10 days. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam ar most vital of all. quality and presentation of wealthy culture of the state throughout the carnival created Onam the National pageant of Kerala in 1961. Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all ar a region of the dynamic pageant referred to as Onam.
Government of Republic of India has taken due notice of this spirited and colourful pageant. It promotes Onam internationally in an exceedingly huge method and celebrates 'Tourist Week' for Kerala throughout Onam celebrations. Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists visit Kerala to be a region of Onam.
Story goes that in the reign of mighty Hindu deity (demon) king, Mahabali, Kerala witnessed its golden era. one and all within the state was happy and prosperous and king was extremely regarded by his subjects. aside from all his virtues, Mahabali had one disadvantage. He was selfish. This weakness in Mahabali's character was used by Gods to bring AN finish to his reign as they felt challenged by Mahabali's growing quality. However, for all the great deed done by Mahabali, God granted him a boon that he might annually visit his folks with whom he was thus connected.
It is this visit of Mahabali that's celebrated as Onam per annum. folks create all efforts to celebrate the pageant in an exceedingly grand method and impress upon their pricey King that they're happy and want him well.
Rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes go in its best kind and spirit throughout the 10 day long pageant. it's so a treat to be a region of the grand carnival. folks of Kerala create elaborate preparations to celebrate it within the absolute best manner.
The most spectacular a part of Onam celebration is that the grand feast referred to as Onasadya, ready on Thiruonam. it's a 9 course meal consisting of eleven to thirteen essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and other people sit on a mat arranged on the ground to possess the meal.
Another attractive feature of Onam is Vallamkali,the Snake boat race, persevered the stream Pampa. it's a vibrant sight to look at the embellished boat oared by many boatmen amidst vocalizing of songs and cheering by spectators.
There is conjointly a convention to play games, jointly referred to as Onakalikal, on Onam. Men enter for rigorous sports like Talappanthukali (played with ball), Ambeyyal (Archery), Kutukutu and combats referred to as Kayyankali and Attakalam. ladies relishes cultural activities. they create in an elaborate way designed flower mats referred to as, Pookalam within the front grounds of house to welcome King Mahabali. Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal ar 2 swish dances performed by ladies on Onam. people performances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali raise the zest of celebrations.