Onam Holidays in 2020

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.

Days Date States
Sunday to Tuesday 30 August 2020 to 1 September 2020 Kerala

Onam Holidays 2021-2030

The following table outlines Onam holidays for the next 10 years:

Date Festival States
Friday, 10 September 2021 First Onam Kerala
Saturday, 11 September 2021 Thiruvonam Kerala
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 2020

  • 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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News About Onam Holidays

  • Onam holidays in Kerala

    Onam, which is the state festival of Kerala, has arrived. A week-long holiday has been announced with state government employees getting holidays till September 16. Onam holidays start from Tuesday, 10 September and end on Friday, 13 September. However, Monday, 9 September is a holiday on account of Muharram. Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti also falls on Friday. Central Government employees will only get Wednesday, 11 September, as a holiday while Muharram is a restricted holiday. There were no Onam celebrations across the state last year on account of the floods. This year too, with floods hitting the state, the government has announced that celebrations will be low-key. Onam is a holiday that is celebrated with much aplomb across all sections of society in Kerala irrespective of caste, religion, and socioeconomic status. It is celebrated to welcome the return of the king Mahabali. According to the mythology, King Mahabali once ruled Kerala and was much loved by the people on account of his fair and compassionate practices. However, this incited jealousy in the Gods who got him banished to the underworld by Lord Vishnu. However, pleased by his devotion and character, he was granted the boon to visit his erstwhile kingdom every year. This is why the people of Kerala celebrate the festival with flower carpets, new clothes, and an elaborate vegetarian meal that is called the ‘onasadya’.

    9 September 2019

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