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India with its vast and rich cultural heritage is known for a variety of festivals all year long. One such harvest festival and undoubtedly the biggest in the state of Kerala is Onam. It is a 10 day long gala celebrated with laughter and joy.
According to tradition, Onam is celebrated as the home coming for the demon king Mahabali under whose reign Kerala had experienced the golden era and the god’s then decided to end his growing popularity by tricking him and sending him back to the depths but was kind enough to grand him 1 day every year to visit his people. It is this visit of Mahabali that is celebrated as Onam every year.
Onam is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Chingam which corresponds to the month of August-September. It is the time of harvest and prosperity. The people welcome onam with flower mats in front of their homes along with traditional dance and art forms. Elaborate feasts, energetic games and togetherness come with the festival package.