The agriculture has a major part to play in Indian society as almost 50% of working population comprises of farmers and it is understandable how important the harvesting period is in this country. Mainly celebrated in Kerala, Onam festival marks the harvesting period and is celebrated for the next 10 days. It is celebrated mainly in Kerala. Ancient myths are also associated with the festival as people celebrate homecoming of mythical king Mahabali. It is still believed that the king returns to its kingdom every year to see his people living happily and that’s why people celebrate this festival.
Rituals, traditional cuisine, dance and music are the key to the celebration of this festival. As you wander around the streets, you will notice the beautiful decorations with flowers in front and around the house. People indulge in clearing and decorating the surroundings which sets the mood for celebration. As the day passes, people in new and vibrant clothes gather for lavish meals spread across the banana leaves. The festival then gets in full swing as various local dances and sports are performed, including the very popular snake boat race. Traditional Kerlan cuisine is also another important aspect of this festival. The Onam Sadya (feast) is made in each and every home and every individual makes sure that they don’t miss it. The meal is served in banana leaves and more than 25 dishes are made and served. So the festival is a treat for the food connoisseurs too.
It’s one of the man festivals of this state and celebrated with great passion and dedication. The festival is celebrated at the beginning of Malayalam calendar, which is usually towards the end of August or beginning of September. The festival is one of the best ways to witness the cultural heritage of this state.
|Location||Period||Duration||Dates For 2019|
|Kerala||August/ September||10 Days||01-13 Sep|
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