Onam September 16-9-2013 - Thiruonam Festival Date - Celebration Rituals in Kerala

Onam festival is celebrated on September 16, 2013 (Monday). Malayalees in Kerala and across the World celebrate Onam Festival for ten days, from Astham Nakshatra to Thiruvonam Nakshatra.

The main festival is celebrated on the Thiruonam Nakshatra (Sep 16th) in the Malayalam month 'Chingam' (August - September)

Why Onam is Celebrated?

According to Purana, Asura King Mahabali, comes out from pathala to meet people on this day. Everyone gets thrilled and begin celebrating to welcome the King.

Devotees pray Lord Vamana during Onam. People from all caste and religion celebrate the beginning of Harvest Season.

Onam Rituals:

1) Aathipookalam: Every house courtyard will be decorated with Flower Rangoli called 'Athipookalam'. Pookalam is normally circular in shape made with fresh flowers, leaves and lamps. The diameter varys from 1.5m to 5m.

2) Onam Sadhya: The Food prepared on Onam is called as "Onam Sadhya'. The recipe includes rice, fried vegetables, avial (vegeble mix), sambar, rasam, pickles, payasam (a milk sweet), puttu (a rice flour sweet), babana halwa, dry fruit kesari, papad, idli, masala dosas, coconut chutney, etc.,

3) Onapattu: 
The traditional folk songs called 'Onapattu' will be sung by people. The lyrics of song describes the Kingdom of Mahabali, contains prayer for good things.

4) Thumbi Thullal: It is a dance performed by Women. Ladies will wear their best dress, jewellery and dance in circle. The main performer called thumbi, at the center of the circle, will initiate a song. Other women will continue singing, by maintaining the sequence of lyrics.

5) Kathakali, Oonjal (swing), Kumati Kali (mask dance), Puli Kali (people paint themselves like tiger and dance), procession of elephant, music with instruments, several competition, etc., mark the celebration. 

6) Aranmula Vallamkali and Nehru Tropy snake boat races are held each year to mark onam. Each snake boat is rided by 100 men.

Onam Preparation:

- Houses will be cleaned and painted
- New clothes will be bought for everyone in the Family. 
- Special bonus is given to employees 
- Special trains and buses are scheduled on this occasion. 
Local holiday will be declared for a week.

Next Year Onam: 
In 2014, Onam is on September 7, 2014 (Sunday)
In 2015, Onam is on August 28, 2015 (Friday)
In 2016, Thiruvonam is on September 14, 2016 (Wednesday)
In 2017, Onam is on September 4, 2017 (Monday)

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