Onam 2020

Onam 2020

ONAM 2020

Onam is an annual Hindu festival with origins in Kerala. It is also popular as the Harvest Festival of Kerala. It is one of the most vibrant Hindu festivals which take place every year for ten consecutive days majorly in the Southern region of India. The festival of Onam is also known as the New Year of Malayali Hindus.

In accordance with the significance, it is one of the major Hindu festivals in India. The celebration of Onam occurs with the celebration of Thiruvathira and Vishu. This festival takes place in numerous regions of Kerala to commemorate the great King Mahabali. People worship on this day with the belief of Mahabali’s spirit to visit Kerala meanwhile the festival of Onam to bless the city.

The festival of Onam falls on the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam Calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festivity falls typically in the month of August or September of every year.


Significance of Onam

The festival of Onam is dedicated by people to the great king Mahabali. He is believed to be born as an Asur. However, he was a Sur (positive human by thoughts and visions). Kerala is believed to be his homage in ancient times. People believe King Mahabali to be a very just king and they worship on Onam to seek his blessings.


Tradition and Festivity of Onam

The festival of Onam falls for 10 consecutive days. Each day of festivity has a unique name and custom of celebration.  

Atham (Day One)

On the day of Atham, folks take bath early in the morning and prepare themselves for worship in the temple. Together, the families visit temples and offer prayers. The ancient tales mention, King Mahabalistarts his preparations to come down to Kerala. So, the Keralite men gather flowers and women make the pookkalam (designs on floor with colorful flowers) to welcome their beloved King. The size of the pookkalam is small on the first day. However, it keeps on increasing till the final day.


Chithira (Day Two)

On the second day, men gather new flowers and women and those flowers to the pookkalam. The major festivity begins on the day of Chithira.


Chodhi (Day Three)

On the day of Chidhi, more flowers are added to the pookkalam. The families start preparations for the final celebration. They buy new clothes and decorating items. On this day, the local markets observe a good number of customers.


Vishakam (Day Four)

On the day of Vishakam, the main meal called “Onam Sadhya” begins. This day is observed with great zeal. People prepare meals in which one and all offer a contribution.


Anizham (Day Five)

This day has major popularity worldwide. On this day, people observe a function called Vallamkali. In Vallamkali, people observe a tradition snake boat race along the River Pampa at Aranmula.


Thriketa (Day Six)

The sixth day is dedicated to the ancestors. People from numerous regions visit their ancestral home on Thriketa and exchange gifts with family members.

Moolam (Day Seven)

On this day, numerous Hindu temples start serving meals to people. In Kerala and at other places, it is known as Special Sadhyas. On this very day, people perform a traditional dance.

Pooradam (Day Eight)

On the Pooradam day, people place small worship idols of Mahabali and Vamana in the center of pookkalam. This is how people invite King Mahabali to their place and seek his blessings. People add multiple layers of flowers to pookkalam on Pooradam thus it gets larger and graceful.

Uthradom (Day Nine)

Uthrodam is the day when the city organizes a gala devour. In mythologies, it is the best day to buy fruits & veggies. This leads people towards King Mahabali’s blessings.

Thiruvonam (Day Ten)

This is the concluding day of ten-day-long festivity. Every family cleans their house early in the morning and put a traditional welcome sign on the doorstep with rice and water. According to the customs, the eldest woman of the family gives clothes to the entire family members. In the day, most of the rural areas observe festivity by organizing games & fests.


When is Onam/Thiruvonam in 2020?

31st August 2020 (Monday)

Onam/Thiruvonam Muhurat

Thiruvonam Nakshatram Begins at 13:52:20 on August 30, 2020

Thiruvonam Nakshatram Ends at 15:04:17 on August 31, 2020


Happy Onam!

(Updated Date & Time :- 2020-03-03 10:14:58 )

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