Onam 2022: All You Need to Know about the Joyful Festival

The colourful festival of Onam, also known as Thru-Onam or Thiruvonam, is one of the most popular and significant festivals in Kerala

Onam is celebrated by the people to welcome the homecoming of their dearest legendary king, Mahabali/Maveli, into their homes. It is believed that the spirit of the king visits the homes of the people at the time of Onam.

During the festival, various cultural activities such as boat racing, music, dance and fireworks take place.

The celebrations begin with a Pookalam (rangoli with flowers).

The entrances of the houses are decorated with flower rangolis to welcome King Mahabali.

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It is then followed by the most symbolic part of the whole festival: Sadhya.

Traditionally served on a banana leaf, Sadhya is an elaborate lunch preparation with over 26 dishes.

Additionally, the women wear white and gold sarees called the Kasavu saree.

The day further extends into people indulging themselves in various traditional performances, acts and games, such as:

PulikaliTrained artists dress up as tigers and poachers and act out hunting scenes.

Snake boat RaceKnown as ‘vallamkali’ in Malayalam, the snake boat race is an important part of the celebrations.

Elephant Processions: This last leg adds the remaining charm and royalty to the Onam celebrations, where elephants clad in gold and shimmery outfits march down the streets.

The celebrations of Onam last for a period of ten days, which are known as: Atham, Chithira, Chodhi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradom and Thiruvonam.

Happy Onam to everyone!