Onam is an annual Hindu festival with origins in the state of Kera in India .It falls in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September.The festival commemorates the Mahabali, Vamana(Vushnu avatar),Kashyapa and Parashurama-related mythologies of Hinduism . Onam 2017
Onam is a major annual event for Malayali people in and outside Kerala. it marks the summer harvest . It includes Vallam Kali(boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower arrangement), Onathappan (worship), Onam Kali, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal (women’s dance), Kummati kali (mask dance), Onathallu (martial arts), Onavillu(music), Kazhchakkula (plantain offerings), Onapottan (costumes), Atthachamayam (folk songs and dance), and other celebrations.It is the New Year day for Malayali Hindus.
Onam is the official state festival of Kerala with public holidays that start four days from Onam Eve (Uthradom). It is celebrated by Malayali diaspora around the world.Though a Hindu festival, non-Hindu communities of Kerala participate in Onam celebrations considering it as a cultural festival.However, some non-Hindus in Kerala denounce its celebration as a cultural event because they consider it as a religious festival.
Onam games exhibits the bravado of the machos in a terrific manner in Kerala state. Thus there are planty of games that people play on the day of Onam like:
The best of Kerala dances can be witnessed during the grand carnival of Onam. It is simply enthralling to note how rich is the folk culture of the state of Kerala. A display of so many unique and well…
Check out this extensive and delectable array of Onam Recipes! The collection consists of recipes for traditional and extremely popular Onam dishes.