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Onam Pookalam, Mahabali, Onasadya, Payasam, Vallamkali

The Onam festival is celebrated as the harvest celebrations of Kerala as well as a welcome festival to the season of spring. It is celebrated in the month of ‘Chingam’, the first month of the Malayalee calendar (August - September of Gregorian Calendar).

Onam commomerates the legend of Mahabali whose reign was considered as the golden era of Kerala. On the occasion of Onam, Malayalee people all over the world celebrate the festival by community get together, games, feasting, exchanging gifts and good wishes. Pookkalam (Floral bouquet), Vallamkali (Boat race), Onasadya with payasam (special preparation), Thiruvathirakali (a dance form) etc are the specialities of Onam.

The Onam festival lasts for ten days and is celebrated by people from all religious backgrounds in Kerala.