Onam Festival (Malayalam)
Kerala • India

From: India Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Kerala and the South Coast

Onam Festival
The Onam or Malayalam Festival as it is also known is a Hindu festival that according to legend celebrates the returning of Emperor Mahabali who is thought to visit every household within his Kingdom during this time.

During the festival decorative works of art known as pookkalam's are carefully designed and positioned around the homes entrance, pookkalam's are beautifully designed using whole flowers, petals and colored powder in the shape of a circle with a motif or design within.

The Onasadya Feast is a long awaited part of the festival and often includes as many as nine courses, often containing many different side dishes such vegetarian dishes, rice and curries which are traditionally served upon a banana leaf.

The Onam Festival is a great time for friends and families to get together and the giving of new clothes is a traditional part of the festival as well as enjoying many of the accompanying popular events such as the snake boat race which takes place on the Pamba River and attracts a large and enthusiastic crowd of onlookers.

Another important part of the Onam Festival includes traditional folk music and dancing where popular dances of Kerala are often performed such as Kaikotti Kali along with the Kaduvakali dance which are often performed in colorful traditional Kerala dress and great enthusiasm.

Date Of Onam Festival
According to the Malayalam Calendar the annual 10 day Onam festival takes place during the month of Chingam, which is around August/September time and begins on Atham Day and finishes on Thiruvonam.

Onam takes place throughout the state of Kerala in the south of India.

Travel Guide
Kerala can be reached by plane to Cochin International Airport (COK) or alternatively there is a vast train network connecting Kerala with many other areas of India such as Delhi and there are also plenty of local busses and long distance busses available from many locations.