Onam is the biggest festival of state Kerala which is similary celebrated like Diwali of North India. The festival is much awaited occasion for the people of Kerala, which signifies the rich culture and tradition of the state.The festival commemorate the great legendary king Mahabali and harvest season which continues for the ten days with lots of rejoices, enthusiasm and festivity.
Time to Celebrate:
Onam festival comes in the beginning of Malayali month of Chingam which usually falls in August or September every year.
The celebration of Onam festival is a combined set of several activities which includes rituals, pooja, decorations like Pookalam, snake boats and traditional dance like Kaikottikali. With these remarkable and exotic features Onam is celebrated in each and every house of the state. According to the mythology Onam is decided in accordance with the legend of King Mahabali, who was the demon ruler but well known for his justice and love for his people. People believe that it was this particular day in the month of Chingam when Lord Vishnu took his fifth avatar as Vaamana, appeared in the kingdom of King Mahabali and sent him to nether world. They also believe that on the last day Tiruonam , the spirit of King visits Kerala to see his people and to check the wellness of them. Hence the day has been converted into a grand feast since ancient times to welcome their revered ruler. Among the preparations, people lay flower mats (Pookalam) in the front of their courtyard, prepare a grand meal (Onasadya), dance, play and make merry to show his beloved king Mahabali that his people are prosperous and happy.