‘Thiru Onam’ famous crop festival in Kerala (Download PDF)


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About Thiru Onam: It is the Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala. It is also the biggest crop festival celebrated by the Keralites across the world. This festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam which comes in August – September.

  • This marks memorial of Vamana avatara of and the later arrival of the mythical King Mahabali, whom Malayalees consider as their King.
  • It also signifies the Kerala’s agricultural past and hence considered to be a harvest festival.
  • Thiruonam day is the most important day of Onam.

About this celebration:

  • On this day, several folk and religious events are planned throughout Kerala.
  • The celebrations start with Onam Pookkalam, in which the floral carpets are placed on the floors early in the morning.
  • Poojas are performed at temples across the state also at the hill tomb of Sabari Mala and Guruvayur and Thrikkakara (considered the capital of King Maha Bali).
  • Traditional meal known as Onam Sadya is served on banana leaves with rice and variety of curries along with sweet called payasam.
  • This festival is celebrated with many events such as Vallam Kali, Pulikali, Pookkalam, Onathappan, Thumbi Thullal, Onavillu, Kazhchakkula, Onapottan, Atthachamayam.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 22, 2015


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