Onam Festival 2021

Onam/ Thiruvonam Festival

Onam (Thiruvonam) is an annual festival celebrated in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival celebrated Thiruvonam 2021 will be celebrated on August 21, Saturday. Third and Fourth Onam falls on August 22, Sunday, and August 23, Monday respectively. Onam is celebrated on the day of Thiruvonam nakshatra (Shravana asterism) in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam. 

Onam is a major annual event for Malayali people in and outside Kerala. It is a harvest festival, one of three major Hindu celebrations along with Vishu and Thiruvathira, and it is observed with numerous festivities.

Onam celebrations include Vallam Kali (boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower Rangoli), Onathappan (worship), Onam Kali, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal (women's dance), Kummattikali (mask dance), Onathallu (martial arts), Onavillu (music), Kazhchakkula (plantain offerings), Onapottan (costumes), Atthachamayam (folk songs and dance), and other celebrations. It is New Year's day for Malayalis.

Onam is the rice harvest festival of Kerala. All the ten days of celebration of Onam has their own significance. The characteristic floral designs known as ‘Pookkalam/Flower Rangoli’ are symbolic of this festival. Usually, women members of the house make different types of patterns on the ground with flowers and lit lamps to invite King Mahabali to their house. People gift and wear new clothes known as 'Onakkodi'. Grand feasts are prepared on this occasion. This is known as 'Onam Sadya’. Usually, around 13 dishes are prepared for this. The food is served on banana leaves and commonly consists of rice along with different dishes, pickles, and papads. A characteristic sweet dish called ‘payasam’ is a must during Onam. It is made of rice, milk, sugar, and coconut.

Also, it is of special importance as it unites people of all religions residing in the state. It spreads the message of unity and peace in society.

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