Onam is a harvest festival celebrated in Kerala. Home decorations, preparation of traditional dishes, and classical dance are some of the common practices followed on this day.
|Friday||21 August 2021||Kerala|
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The following table outlines Onam holidays for the next 10 years:
|Wednesday, 07 September 2022||First Onam||Kerala|
|Thursday, 08 September 2022||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
|Monday, 29 August 2023||First Onam||Kerala|
|Tuesday, 30 August 2023||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
|Saturday, 14 September 2024||First Onam||Kerala|
|Sunday, 15 September 2024||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
|Thursday, 04 September 2025||First Onam||Kerala|
|Friday, 05 September 2025||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
|Monday, 25 August 2026||First Onam||Kerala|
|Wednesday, 27 August 2026||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
|Saturday, 12 September 2027||First Onam||Kerala|
|Sunday, 13 September 2027||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
|Thursday, 01 September 2028||First Onam||Kerala|
|Friday, 02 September 2028||Thiruvonam||Kerala|
The festival is also celebrated by non-Hindu communities of the state of Kerala. The celebrations of Onam include boat races, martial arts, music, plantain offerings, masked dances, folk songs, group dances, and other performances.
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Significance Of Onam
Chingam, the Malayalam month, brings an abundance of joy and prosperity. The people across the state of Kerala celebrate this festival with great fervour. Onam is basically a ten-day festival that commences on Atham star and ends on Thiruvonam star. Being a popular festival, it is an epitome of affluence, prosperity, and plenitude.
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Top Five Onam Festival Attractions
Thripunithura Athachamayam: The festival of Thripunithura Athachamayam features a street parade attended by decorated elephants, musicians, and various traditional Kerala art forms. The festival has interesting beginnings that can be traced back to Kochi’s Maharaja.
Thrikkakara Temple: Thikkakara temple is famously associated with the festival of Onam. The main highlight is the grand procession. Ceremonies begin with a flag hoisting.
Feasting: Onam is incomplete without a festival feast. It is referred to as Onasadya traditionally. It consists of a number of varieties of vegetarian dishes and milk-based sweets.
Pulikkali Tiger Play: The art of Pulikalli is one of the quirkiest festivals in the country where dancers dress up as tigers and dance through the streets imitating the tiger’s steps to the accompaniment of musical instruments. The best-dressed tiger is awarded.
Aranmula Snake Boat Race: Snake boat race is another highlight of the Kerala Onam festival where traditional snake boats are raced by expert oarsmen singing ancient boat songs.
Destinations To Spend Onam Holidays 2021
- Thrippunithura: Thrippunithura is the best destination to spot the festivities of Onam. The venue hosts a huge number of cultural events through the ten days of Onam. Thrikkakara is considered the place of origin of Onam.
- Trivandrum: Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, is where Kerala Tourism organises its own celebrations for Onam. For one week, tourists can catch various events, food stalls, art shows and handicraft fairs. On the last day of the festival, the city hosts a huge parade.
- Aramula: Aramula Snake Boat race brings in thousands of viewers and more than 50 competing boats. Snake boats are a cultural individuality of the state of Kerala.
- Puli Kali dances in Thrissur: Onam also has the popular Puli Kali dance. The dance exhibition has hundreds of men with tiger-like body mask and paint.
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