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Onam

Onam is the most famous and important festival of Kerala. All Malayali's irrespective of religion celebrate it. It falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sept). It is the harvest festival of Kerala.

Legend about Onam states that Onam is celebrated as the home coming of Mahabali, the king who ruled over Kerala in the age of plenty and was pushed down to the infernal regions (Patala) by Lord Vishnu in the form of Vamana. Onam in Kerala is celebrated as a national festival. It synchronizes with the tourist week celebration, which starts formally on the day of Atham asterism. The image of Thrikkakara Appan (Vishnu in the form of Vamana) is installed in every Hindu home during the Onam season.

Children go around collecting flowers and decorate them in the front portion of the house in various designs and patterns. The most important days of the Onam festival in Kerala are Uthradom and Thiruvonam days. On the latter, a grand feast is held in every home. Onam also provides an occasion for family get-together among the Keralites. It's a perfect example for the religious harmony of the state. People make Onam pookalam on 10 days of Onam celebration. Ona Sadya (the feast) is most important in the Onam celebrations.

The festival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala Culture and tradition. Onasadya is an inevitable part of Onam festival. Beautifully decorated Pookalam, Onasadya, Snake Boat Race and Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam. All the traditions and rituals of Onam attract thousands of tourists from across the country and the world, to Kerala, during the festival of Onam.

Although this festival has its origin in Hindu mythology, Onam is for all people of all class and creed. Hindus, Muslims and Christians, the wealthy and the downtrodden, all celebrate Onam with equal fervor.

The festival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala Culture and tradition. Onasadya is an inevitable part of Onam festival. Beautifully decorated Pookalam, Onasadya, Snake Boat Race and Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam. All the traditions and rituals of Onam attract thousands of tourists from across the country and the world, to Kerala, during the festival of Onam.

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