Onam Wishes | Greetings | SMS | Whatsapp | Facebook status | Greetings | Wishes | Pookalam | Mahabali | Maveli | Onathappan

Onam Wishes | Greetings | SMS | Whatsapp | Facebook status | Greetings | Wishes | Pookalam | Mahabali | Maveli | Onathappan

Onam wishes to you :). Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at this festive season.

Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). This corresponds with the month of August-September according to Gregorian Calendar.

Carnival of Onam lasts for four to ten days. The first day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all. Popularity and presentation of the rich culture of the state during the carnival made the National Festival of Kerala in 1961. Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all are a part of the dynamic festival.

The government of India has taken due notice of this vibrant and colourful festival. It promotes Onam internationally in a big way and celebrates ‘Tourist Week” for Kerala during the celebrations. Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists visit Kerala to be a part of Onam.

History behind Onam

The legend of King Mahabali is the most popular and the most fascinating of all legends behind Onam. It celebrates the visit of King Mahabali to the state of Kerala every year. The festival is celebrated with fervour as King Mahabali is greatly respected by his subjects. King Mahabali is also popularly called Maveli and Onathappan.

The story goes that during the reign of mighty asura (demon) king, Mahabali, Kerala witnessed its golden era. Everybody in the state was happy and prosperous and the king was highly regarded by his subjects. Apart from all his virtues, Mahabali had one shortcoming. He was egoistic. This weakness in Mahabali’s character was utilized by Gods to bring an end to his reign as they felt challenged by Mahabali’s growing popularity. However, for all the good deed done by Mahabali, God granted him a boon that he could annually visit his people with whom he was so attached.

It is this visit of Mahabali that is celebrated as Onam every year. People make all efforts to celebrate the festival in a grand way and impress upon their dear King that they are happy and wish him well.

Nb. referred from a different website

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