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Onam 2021: Know all about Kerala’s Official State Festival

By August 8, 2021October 19th, 2023No Comments
Onam Festival

Onam is a 10-day long Hindu festival celebrated by the people of Kerala. It marks the first month of Chingam, the Malayalam calendar. Famous as Kerala’s official festival, it is celebrated each year in August and September. This renowned festival commemorates the arrival of Lord Vishnu in the Vamana avatar and the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. It is also a major harvest festival that will begin on Thursday (12 August 2021) and end on Monday (23 August 2021). The festival will start on Atham day and continue till Thiruvonam day. Read this content and learn more about the festivities curriculum associated with the 10-day long celebration of Onam 2021.

Important Timings on Onam

• Sunrise — 21 August 2021 6:19 AM
• Sunset — 21 August 2021 6:36 PM
• Thiruvonam Nakshathram begins — 20 August 2021 9:25 PM
• Thiruvonam Nakshathram ends — 21 August 2021 8:21 PM

Marking the 10-day long celebration

The Onam festival paints God’s own country Kerala in beautiful colors. It shows the states in a new mood with exciting features like gigantic snake boats, gorgeous floral decorations, intricately decorated elephants, and wild Pulikali dancers. Read here details of the scheduled program to mark the grandest occasion of the 10-day long celebration of Onam.

13 August 2021 (Chithira)

• Cleaning and decorations of homes by Keralites
• Adding circular layers to the Pookalam
• Decoration with creamy yellow and orange flowers
• Visiting the temple

14 August 2021 (Chodi)

• The day of onnakodi or onappudava
• Buying new clothes and jewelry
• Gifts shared between friends and family members
• Wearing of asavu sarees, mundu, and Pattu Pavada
• Another layer added to the Pookalam

15 August 2021 (Vishakam)

• Stocking up vegetables and other ingredients
• Preparations begins for the grand feast Onasadya

16 August 2021 (Anizham)

• Heading out to the waters
• Rowing the boats
• Vallamkali or snake boat face-off on the Pamba River

17 August 2021 (Thriketa)

• Spending time with family and loved ones
• Visiting ancestral homes

18 August 2021(Moolam)

• Adorning the state with colors and lights
• Temples offer Onasadya
• Pulikali and Kaikottukali dance performances

19 August 2021 (Pooradam)

• Installation of the statues of King Mahabali and Lord Vamana
• Welcoming Mahabali to all the houses
• Fixing clay pyramid-like structures in Pookalam or Onathappam

20 August 2021 (Uthradam or First Onam)

• Marking the arrival of King Mahabali in Kerala
• Keralites go shopping for fruits and vegetables

21 August 2021 (Thiruvonam Onam)

• Reaching culmination point on Thiruvonam (the prime day of Onam)
• Putting flour batter at doors to invite King Mahabali
• Getting blessings King Mahabali
• The accomplishment of Pookalam with details and colors
• The distribution of alms to the needy and poor
• Gathering for the grandest feast Onasadya

22 August 2021 (Avittom or Third Onam)

• Mahabali retruns to Patal
• Onathappan idol immersion
• The departure of King Mahabali
• Onam’s celebration comes to an end
• Cleaning of the Pookalam

23 August 2021 (Chatayam or Fourth Onam)

• Kerala Tourism’s Onam week program
• Boat races
• Pulikali dance performances in many districts

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