Onam is the traditional festival of Kerala,also known as God’s own country in India. The festival is celebrated to welcome the King Mahabali, who according to legends, visits Kerala at the time of Onam to visit the people. Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam. The celebrations span over 10 days with numerous festivities.
DAY 1: ATHAM
DAY 2 : CHITHIRA
DAY 3 : CHOTHI
DAY 4: VISAKHAM
DAY 5 : ANIZHAM
DAY 6 : THRIKKETTA
DAY 7 : MOOLAM
DAY 8: POORADAM
DAY 9 : UTHRADAM
DAY 10 : THIRUVONAM (THE MAIN DAY OF ONAM)
Onappookkalam (floral carpet)
The floral carpet, known as Onapookkalam is made out of the gathered blossoms with several varieties of flowers of differing tints pinched up into little pieces to design and decorate patterns on the floor, The traditional ritual of laying pookkalam (floral carpet) starts from the first day
People buy and wear new clothes for the occasion of Onam, and this tradition is called the Onakkodi. The traditional Kasavusari and mundu gives a rich touch to the celebration.
Onam sadya (feast)
The Onam sadya (feast) is another indispensable part of Thiruvonam. The Sadya,which is a must during Onam, means banquet in Malayalam, is a vegetarian meal that is served on a banana leaf. There are a variety of 29 dishes that are laid over the leaf with less or more number.
Onakalikal is a collective name for the numerous games played on the occasion of Onam. After a sumptuous Onasadya meal, the time is ideal to indulge in a bit of merriment. People of all age groups participate in the festivals and enjoy the festivities. Traditional games of Onam constitute rigorous sports like Talappanthukali, Kutukutu and combats like Kayyankali and Attakalam. Archery is also a part of Onakalikal. Pulikali, also known as Kaduvakali is a common sight during the Onam season.
Wishing you al very happy and prosperous Onam
- Nedina Team