September 12, 2013

Onam Festival

Onam is the state festival of Kerala. Celebrated in the first month ‘chingam’ according to the Malayalee Calender, it is also the annual harvest festival of the state. The festival falls in the month of August to September according to the Gregorian calendar. The celebrations of Onam go ten days long up to Tiruvonam and in some cases to twelve days long until chatayam (12th day). The celebrations of Onam include elaborate rituals, music, dances, sports, boat races and of course scrumptious foods.

Onam is on 16 September 2013.

10 Days of Onam Festival

First Day - Attam
Second Day - Chithira
Third Day - Chodhi
Fourth Day - Visakam
Fifth Day - Anizham
Sixth Day - Thriketa
Seventh Day - Moolam
Eighth Day - Pooradam
Ninth Day - Uthradam
Tenth Day - Thiruvonam

Pookkalam (floral carpet) is laid in the front courtyard of every household. From this day onwards, Pookkalam is laid for the following nine days of Onam.


Prasad Kumar said...

Wow, I love this pookalam, very colorful and the design is really elegant. I remember making small designs when I was still in Kerala. This Onam 2014, I wish I could do it again. Happy onam everyone!