April 20, 2024

Happy Onam 2023! A beautiful festival of Kerala

Onam is celebrated in the state of Kerala and across India to commemorate the homecoming of King Mahabali.

Onam is celebrated in the state of Kerala and across India to commemorate the homecoming of King Mahabali.

Kerala is not just known for its beautiful landscape and tourism but also for its unique culture and festivals. One of the festivals that we are going to talk about today is Onam festival. There are many stories about why Onam is celebrated. Here is what you must know about the celebration.

Onam is celebrated in the state of Kerala and across India to commemorate the homecoming of King Mahabali. It is considered that King Mahabali was a benevolent ruler who was loved by his people. He was so popular that the gods became jealous and tricked him into going to the underworld. However, they allowed him to return to Kerala once a year, during the Onam festival.

Some people believe that this festival is celebrated to mark the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the harvest season. The festival coincides with the end of the monsoon season in Kerala, which is a time of great joy and celebration for the people of the state. The harvest season is also a time of abundance, and the Onam festival is a way to give thanks for the bountiful crops.

The festival promotes unity and togetherness among people. The Onam festival is a time for people to come together and celebrate their shared culture and heritage. 

This celebration is a showcase of the rich culture and traditions of Kerala. The celebrations include traditional dances, music, and food. It is a way for people to learn about and appreciate the culture of Kerala.

Special Activities During the Onam Festival:

  • Pulikali: This is a colorful tiger dance that is performed by men who are covered in yellow ochre and tiger stripes.
  • Onam Vallamkali: This is a boat race that is held on the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Thiruvathira Kali: This is a traditional dance that is performed by women.
  • Kathakali: This is a classical dance-drama that tells stories from Hindu mythology.
  • Onam Sadya: This is a traditional feast that is served on a banana leaf. It consists of a variety of dishes, including rice, vegetables, fish, and meat.

The festival is a beautiful celebration that is full of tradition and culture. It is a time for people to celebrate the good things in life.

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