Onam celebrations : God’s own country’s very own festival.
Onam celebrations : Onam is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past, hence it is considered to be a harvest festival. This festival of rain flowers fall in the beginning of Chingam, the first month of solar Malayalam calendar(Kollavarsham), honoring the Asura king Mahabali’s annual visit from Patala(the underworld). The king is so much attached to his kingdom that it is highly reckoned, he comes annually to watch his people living happily. Kerala pulls all stops in paying tribute to the king who sacrificed himself for his people. The birthday of Sri Padmanabhan, the presiding deity of Thiruvanantapuram is on the Thiruvonam day in the month of Chingam.It stands as a symbol for celebration of the beginning of a new life of humility, truth and piety. Solemnizin
g the sacred festival since millions of years, this year, Onam fell on September 4th. People of Kerala have celebrated it with a great honor and concern.This onam celebrations in Kerala are a way bigger than Diwali, people tend to jollify for ten days. ThiruOnam celebrated on September 14th is the main day as it is believed that the kingMahabali returns to the earthly realm to meet Hus subjects.
On ‘Atham’, the first day of festive, the devout begin their day earlier, offer prayers and draw floral carpets made exclusively of yellow color called “Pookalam” following the tradition. Traditional Pookalams have ten rings each of which represents a particular god in the Hindu pantheon. Caparisoned elephants, floats and musical ensembles are part of the Athachamayam procession that also features folk performances from almost all corners of the state. onam celebrations continue on ‘Chithira’, the second day where Pookalams receive two new colors as Orange and light yellow flowers added to the decorations. The shopping for new clothes and pieces of jewelry begins on ‘Chodhi’, the third day. ‘ Vishakam’ ( which was on September 7th) is the day of preparations for “Onasadhya”, a vegetarian special meal made by the people. This is the day where traders would hold their harvest sale and also Pookalam design competitions are held across state. ‘Anizham’, the fifth is richly honored for two days where snake boat races called “
This is the day where traders would hold their harvest sale and also Pookalam design competitions are held across state. ‘Anizham’, the fifth is richly honored for two days where snake boat races called “Vallemkali” are flagged off around Kerala. ‘ Thriketa’, celebrated on September 10th, generally includes the socialization of people visiting each other while Pookalamscontinue to get bigger and more colorful. On the seventh day named ‘Moolam’, government Onam week celebrations begin, all of Kerala will be dressed like a bride and the real Onam festivities is fell in air. The next days is ‘Pooradam’, occurred on September 12this day when pyramid style clay statues called “Onathappam”, offered with sweets are placed at the center of center ofPookalams, standing as the representatives of Mahabali and Vamana. Mahabali is formally invited by reciting: “ArpoIrro, Irro!”. ‘Uthradon’ called on September 13th is the day Mahabali is believed to arrive on earth and it is particularly auspicious for purchasing fresh veggies and fruits.
The tenth day fallen pm 14th September is the main Onam day. This day is supposed that Mahabalivisits homes of his subjects. People tend to paint their homes and Pookalams look more elaborated where the families make a get together for Onsadhya. The women folk dances around the Pookalamor sit on a swing in the courtyard have been performed. This dance is known as “Onam Kali” and is set to special Onam songs called “Onampattu” .
Such a long festival had been celebrated by the complete state, irrespective of religion, cast and creed.Malayalis residing in other parts of the all over country have gathered together and celebrated with a traditional fervor and gaiety. Great energy was witnessed across markets in Kerala’s capital Thiruvanantapuram.