Wishing you a very happy and blessed Onam

 Onam Festival is the national festival of the ‘Gods Own Country’ celebrated during the Malayalam month of ‘Chingam’, which falls in the period of August - September. Legend has it that the mythological King Mahabali – a great ruler, whose reign witnessed the golden era of Kerala, visits his subjects from the nether world on the day of Onam. Onam is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety with colorful floral carpets (pookkalam) and the traditional ‘sadya’ – a Lucullan vegetarian banquet served on banana leaf.  Onam is also a celebration that reaches across the boundaries of religion – celebrated by Hindus, Moslems, Christians and minority communities in the state with equal vigor.

 The state of Kerala is transformed into a bee-hive of celebration and frolic with the onset of ‘Atham day’ which heralds the beginning of the ten day long Onam celebration. Its impeccable timing which coincides with the period of harvest season in the state adds further color and gaiety to the celebrations. There are a variety of celebrations held during this period all over the state. Athachamayam, a colorful carnival, held in Thrippunithura - the erstwhile capital of the Cochin royal family on the day of Atham is worth special mention. Kerala’s famous Snake boat races are held during the season of Onam. Colorful dance performances like Thiruvathira, Thumbi Thullal, Pulikali (Tiger Dance), Kummatti Kali et cetera are a specialty of the season.

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