The Importance And Other Facts About The Onam Festival

22 Aug 2020

Festivals keep our life vibrant and colourful. The deficiency of festivals makes our life as bland as any South Indian food might taste without coconut chutney. Perhaps you have got the hint. We are talking about Onam.

Onam: Date And The Reason Behind Its Celebration 

Onam is an annual festival with origins in the state of Kerala in India. In fact, the New Year of Kerala State begins with Onam. It celebrates the day of Shravan Nakshatra in the Shukla paksha of the month of Chingam (Ashwin). This festival is celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. This year Onam will be celebrated on Saturday, August 22, 2020. 

The Fun And Joy In Onam Celebration

As in many other festivals, harvest is the main reason behind the Onam. Farmers reap the sweet fruits of their hard work done throughout the year. The festival is celebrated in the Malayalam month Chingam (end of August and start of September). The charm of this festival is worshipping, music, dance, sports, boat races and delicious food. The joy of the festival lies also in detailed procession of Trichur and boat races on River Pampa. Ladies prefer to dress up themselves with gorgeous saris and shiny jewellery. They create many designs of rangolis and pookkalam (with flowers) in front of their homes.

People Welcome King Mahabali 

The ten-day festival keeps the people busy in cleaning up their houses and decorating them. New clothes and other accessories lure the children, who relish sweet dishes during this festival. Pookalam is a kind of flower mat, which is shown outside every house in Kerala. This is to welcome King Mahabali on the Onam.  

The Festival Promotes National Integration 

On the eve of Onam, people celebrate the occasion with traditional rituals with a mouth-watering feast. Payasam is a sweet and tasty porridge is one of the favourite desserts served on the eve of Onam. The festival has its value as the symbol of national integrity as Christians and Muslims of India also celebrate Onam with joy and enthusiasm. Onam is incomplete with its historic boat race, which has been part and parcel of this festival for many years. The Snake Boat Race (Vallamkali) is a major attraction for tourists from India and the world.

The festival is also known as Mahabali Jayanti and Vaman Jayanti.

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