Onam 2022: All about the 10 days celebrations of the Malayali harvest festival

Updated On Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST
  • Onam, the 10-day-long harvest festival, is celebrated across the state of Kerala to mark the beginning of the Malayalam year Kollavarshamis.
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Onam, the annual Malayali harvest festival, is celebrated during the Malayali month of Chingam (August - September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. This year, it will be celebrated from August 30 to September 8. During these 10-days, people of the state, both young and old, participate in several events with a lot of enthusiasm. Here's how the 10 auspicious days of Onam are celebrated in Kerala.(PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Onam, the annual Malayali harvest festival, is celebrated during the Malayali month of Chingam (August - September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. This year, it will be celebrated from August 30 to September 8. During these 10-days, people of the state, both young and old, participate in several events with a lot of enthusiasm. Here's how the 10 auspicious days of Onam are celebrated in Kerala.(PTI)

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Atham (Day 1): The festival of Onam begins with Atham. On this day, a grand procession Athachamayam is led from Vamanamoorthy Thirrikara Temple in Kochi. This year, it will be observed on August 30.(AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Atham (Day 1): The festival of Onam begins with Atham. On this day, a grand procession Athachamayam is led from Vamanamoorthy Thirrikara Temple in Kochi. This year, it will be observed on August 30.(AP)

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Chithira (Day 2): This is the second day of celebrations in the 10-day-long Onam festivities. Since there is nothing much to do on Chithira, people mark this day by cleaning their homes and visiting temples.(REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Chithira (Day 2): This is the second day of celebrations in the 10-day-long Onam festivities. Since there is nothing much to do on Chithira, people mark this day by cleaning their homes and visiting temples.(REUTERS)

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Chodhi (Day 3): Also known as Chothi, this is the third day of the ten-day-long carnival of Onam. On this day, people gear up for the main festival and throng markets to buy new clothes and jewellery for themselves and relatives.(PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Chodhi (Day 3): Also known as Chothi, this is the third day of the ten-day-long carnival of Onam. On this day, people gear up for the main festival and throng markets to buy new clothes and jewellery for themselves and relatives.(PTI)

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Vishakam (Day 4): This is the most auspicious day of Onam where family members prepare the grand meal, Sadhya which usually consists of around 26 vegetarian dishes.(File image) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Vishakam (Day 4): This is the most auspicious day of Onam where family members prepare the grand meal, Sadhya which usually consists of around 26 vegetarian dishes.(File image)

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Anizham(Day 5): The fifth day is the most important day of the Onam celebration. On this day, the grand snake boat race known as Vallamkali is held. This famous event takes place on the banks of River Pamba at Aranmulla and attracts millions of domestic and international tourists.(Instagram/@b_anandu_nair) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Anizham(Day 5): The fifth day is the most important day of the Onam celebration. On this day, the grand snake boat race known as Vallamkali is held. This famous event takes place on the banks of River Pamba at Aranmulla and attracts millions of domestic and international tourists.(Instagram/@b_anandu_nair)

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Thriketta (Day 6): Thriketta or Thriketa is the sixth day of the celebration. A series of cultural programmes are organised on this day across the state where people from all religions, castes and creeds participate.(File image) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Thriketta (Day 6): Thriketta or Thriketa is the sixth day of the celebration. A series of cultural programmes are organised on this day across the state where people from all religions, castes and creeds participate.(File image)

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Moolam (Day 7): With just three more days remaining for the festival of Onam to end, the entire state is lit up with the spirit of joy and happiness. On this day, families visit each other and prepare a smaller version of Sadhya. From this particular day onwards several temples offer lunch to devotees. The famous leopard dance, known as Puli Kali is performed on this day.(Instagram/to_c_xy) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Moolam (Day 7): With just three more days remaining for the festival of Onam to end, the entire state is lit up with the spirit of joy and happiness. On this day, families visit each other and prepare a smaller version of Sadhya. From this particular day onwards several temples offer lunch to devotees. The famous leopard dance, known as Puli Kali is performed on this day.(Instagram/to_c_xy)

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Pooradam (Day 8): This is a very significant day of the ten-day-long carnival of Onam. On this day, small pyramid-shaped clay idols are created called 'Poorada Uttigal' or 'Ma' which are decorated with flowers. Small statues of King Maha Bali and Vamana are taken around the house and installed in the Pookalam (floral decoration).(HT Photo/Vivek R Nair) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Pooradam (Day 8): This is a very significant day of the ten-day-long carnival of Onam. On this day, small pyramid-shaped clay idols are created called 'Poorada Uttigal' or 'Ma' which are decorated with flowers. Small statues of King Maha Bali and Vamana are taken around the house and installed in the Pookalam (floral decoration).(HT Photo/Vivek R Nair)

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Uthradam (Day 9): This day is considered Onam eve and is known as First Onam. On this day, people prepare to welcome the spirit of the great King Mahabali. It is believed that the king arrived in Kerala on this particular day.(PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Uthradam (Day 9): This day is considered Onam eve and is known as First Onam. On this day, people prepare to welcome the spirit of the great King Mahabali. It is believed that the king arrived in Kerala on this particular day.(PTI)

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Thiruvonam (Day 10): This is the main day of the Onam festival when people make traditional floor designs made with rice flour batter to welcome the spirit of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. Final touches are given to the Pookalam are families gather for a feast on the Onasadya.(File image) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Thiruvonam (Day 10): This is the main day of the Onam festival when people make traditional floor designs made with rice flour batter to welcome the spirit of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. Final touches are given to the Pookalam are families gather for a feast on the Onasadya.(File image)

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