Nature’s bounty comes alive with Onam

Onam is one of the important festivals of Kerala. The ten-day festival that begins with Atham culminates with Thiru Onam. Pookalams, the flower carpets and Onam Sadya, the lavish spread are synonymous with the festival. It’s a festival of opulence. The receding monsoon provides a perfect ambience for celebration. The nature looks bountiful with greenery […]

Onam is a festival of joy

Onam festival is celebrated with great splendor and joy in Kerala state, which is located in the southernmost state of India. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the return of Bali to earth from Patala. King Bali was the man of his word, and he gave up all the land that he had conquered. He […]

Origin of Onam in god’s own country

Onam festival in Kerala - Pookalam

There is a folk song describing Maveli. It says, Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam, manusyarellarum onnu pole”. It means that when Maveli ruled the kingdom everyone was treated equally. The story is, Bali, the Asura (demon) king ruled his kingdom with the enchanting state of Kerala as his capital. Though he was an asura, he was […]

How Onam festival is celebrated

Onam is one of the most important festivals for the Keralites across the globe. Traditionally, the day begins at 4 am with family members cleaning the front-yard. In olden days, the cleaning is usually done with cow dung as the houses weren’t cemented then. This custom is followed strictly even today in several families. With […]

Eighth Day of Onam, Pooradam

The eighth day of Onam is known as Pooradam. This day holds a special significance in the Onam festivity. In 2019, Pooradam Onam date is September 8. The Athappookalam or floral carpet is largely increased in width. The family members add more special flowers to it. The people highly expect the arrival of Onthappan so […]

Seventh Day of Onam, Moolam

The seventh day of the ten day Onam carnival is known as Moolam. The commercial building and the state building are filled with bright colors and luminaries during this day. In 2019, Moolam Onam date is September 7. The last-minute Onam shopping busy can be seen in all local markets and malls. Most of these […]

Thriketa, Sixth day of Onam Festivities

The sixth day of Onam is known as Thriketa. It is to be noted that several cultural programs are well organized by the committees in the villages, towns and cities. In 2019, Thriketa Onam date is September 6. Malayali does usually take a lot of keen interest in participating in activities and functions of Onam […]

Anizham, Fifth day of Onam

Anizham is the fifth day of grand Onam celebration. The Anizham day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2019, Anizham Onam date is September 5. This day is one of the important days of Onam festival. On this day, Vallamkali is held in a grand manner. Vallamkali means snake […]

Chodhi, 3rd Day of Onam Celebrations

Chodhi or Chothi is the third day of grand Onam celebration. The Chodhi or Chothi day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2019, Chodhi Onam date is September 3. This day is marked for outdoor activities in the Onam celebration. This particular day involves several activities that are starting […]

Chithira, 2nd Day of Onam Festival

Chithira is the second day of grand Onam celebration. The Chithira day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2019, Chithira Onam date is September 2. This day has a special and unique significance in the celebrations of Onam. The people take shower in the early morning and visit the […]

Atham, Onam’s first day celebrations

Atham is the first day of grand Onam celebration. The Atham day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2019, Atham Onam date is September 1. On this day, it is largely believed that King Mahabali who ruled once in this region starts his personal preparation to descend to Kerala […]

Ashtamudi Lake, the center of attraction during Onam

Kollam can be best described as a miniature version of Kerala. It imbibes the best of what Kerala has to offer as a tourist destination. Its beauty is highlighted by the Ashtamudi Lake that has an enchanting green spread around its banks. Kollam is not among the usual Kerala tourist guides, i.e. it is more […]

Pookalam (Athapoovu): Decorative Floral designs for Onam Festival

Pookalam for onam

In the state of Kerala, a Hindu festival Onam also called Vamana Jayanthi is celebrated which falls in the months of August-September and lasts for ten days. During this festival, apart from various other arrangements, the courtyards of every household are decorated with Pookalams. Pookalam also known as Athapoovu is a decorative, colorful and complex […]

What happened to Mahabali after leaving earth

Bali vamana story

What happened to Mahabali after leaving earth? Mahabali’s story of Onam festival… As said, atmanivedanam was the route through which Bali attained Moksha. In his “The Sri Rūpa Gosvāmīs Bhakti-rasāmrta-sindhu”, Krishna affirms that Bali attained Him or came to Him. To refer to Adhatya Ramayana, The gate of Bali’s planet, known as ‘Sutala’ is being guarded […]

Onam, 16 September 2013 (Thiru Onam Festival in Kerala)

onam pookalam design

Today, 16 September 2013 is Onam (Thiru Onam Festival in Kerala). Onam which is celebrated as an honor to Mahabali (King Maveli) who was demolished (sent to Pathala Loka) by Lord Vamana, the dwarf-brahmin incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu. Onam festival is celebrated in Thiruonam Nakshatra (Shravana Nakshatra) in Chinga Masam of Malayalam calendar. Special […]

One to five days of Onam festival in Kerala

onam pookalam design

On the first day of Onam, it is believed that King Mahabali starts his preparations to descend from heaven to Kerala on this day. Elephant processions, folk art presentations, music and dancing make this day a spectacular event which attracts tourist. The traditional pookalam (floral carpet) starts on this day and the size of pookalam […]

Onam is a festival of grand Onasadhya & Pookalam

Onam is the main and the most revered festival of Kerala, the state well known as God’s own country. Onam is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and happiness all over the state by people of all communities and also across everywhere in the world where ever a malayali lives. In 2013, Onam […]

Glimpses of Onam festivity

Onam Pookalam designs

Here are few glimpses of Onam festivity. Onam is a grand festival of Kerala, celebrated in Chingam Month of Malayalam calendar.. Aranmula Uthrittathi Aranmula Uthrittathi is a grand boat event which is organized during the time of Onam. This is an annual event which takes place in Aranmula on the day of Uthrittathi Asterism. There […]

Payasam, the queen of all dishes in Onasadya

Payasam is a popular Keralite dish is generally made of milk. But it can also be prepared by coconut milk, by sugar or by jiggery. Thus different ingredient produces different flavour. As it is a popular food thus it is also made by fruits like banana as well as jackfruit. In the present scenario, there […]

Pookalam is part and parcel of Onam

Pookalam for onam

Pookalam is an elaborate and multi-coloured flower arrangement on the floor. This tradition of brilliant flower decoration is a very popular ritual pursued by almost all domestic establishments over a span of ten day festivities of Onam, in Kerela. The term “Pookalam” can be broken up into two smaller words- ‘Poo’ and ‘kalam’, meaning, ‘flower’ […]