Onam is the biggest and the most important state festival of Kerala. It is celebrated by Malayalis irrespective of their location. There is no religious difference for celebrating Onam and it is celebrated with a special feel by Keralites living all over the world. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by. It is a 10 days celebration, of this four days, are important. Onam day is decided based on Solar Calendar. Onam is celebrated in Chingam month on Malayalam Solar Calendar. Chingam month is known as Simha month in other solar calendars and Avani month in Tamil Calendar.
Onam History, Myth- why is Onam Celebrated?
Although Onam is harvest festival, there is a story attached to it. It has been said that in the land of backwaters everyone in the kingdom of king Mahabali lived happily. The growing popularity and fame of king Mahabali implanted jealousy in the minds of Gods. His good rule was based on welfare and they began to feel jealous of him as they were worried of a place in earth becoming better than heaven, they prayed to Mahavishnu to get rid off Mahabali , and that wish was granted by Mahavishnu. He took the avatar of a dwarf Brahman – Vamana, and he asked grant of three feet of land to Mahabali. Mahabali granted land with pleasure to Vamanan. With first two steps , Vaamanan who grew up in size measured land and heaven and when he couldn’t find a place for his third step, Mahabali advised him to place it on his head. Impressed by Mahabali’s generosity Vamanan offered Mahabali the kingdom of Patala( underworld). He accepted that with pleasure, on one condition of allowing him to visit his beloved people once a year. Onam is the festival of welcoming the ancient ruler Mahabali.
Onam Observances, Onam 2016 Timings
Onam 2016 is on September 13, Tuesday
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What are Famous Onam songs?
Kerala’s most favourite Onam songs:-
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Happy Onam-Messages, wishes at Twitter
Happy Onam!!! Love, peace and happiness always.:)
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 13, 2016
After Eid, it’s Onam today.
The joys of being an Indian.
Happy Onam people !
— arfa khanum (@khanumarfa) September 14, 2016
All India Radio- Akashvani wishes all its listeners and followers a Happy Onam! pic.twitter.com/a0itfClEYX
— ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) September 14, 2016
May the festival of #Onam bring peace, happiness & prosperity in your life. Happy Onam pic.twitter.com/0BGcuYZMIW
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 14, 2016
Wishing you all a very Happy Onam! May the festival brings happiness and good fortune to all. pic.twitter.com/uovAXHkGQT
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 14, 2016
It is festive season! Wish u all a Very Happy Onam! Love u all pic.twitter.com/6RRn4zEf7w
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) September 14, 2016