Onam 2021 : The main festival of Onam, popular in South India, is being celebrated today. This ancient and traditional festival of Kerala is celebrate for 10 days. This time it started on 12 August. Now Thiruvonam festival will be celebrate on the 10th day and Onam will end on 23rd August. Let us tell you the history and importance of Onam.
The festival of Onam started on 12 August.
Onam is celebrate especially for the good yield of crops in the fields. This time Onam is being celebrate for 10 whole days from Saturday, August 12 to August 23. Its main festival is Saturday, August 21, ie today. Onam is also special because it is not worship in the temple but at home.
What is the history of Onam?
There is a mythological belief behind celebrating Onam. It is say that there was an Asura king name Mahabali in Kerala. Onam festival is celebrate in his honor. The people in his kingdom were very happy and prosperous. During this, Lord Vishnu brought Vamana avatar and saved him by taking his entire kingdom in three steps. It is believe that they come once a year to see their subjects. Since then, the festival of Onam is celebrate every year in Kerala to welcome King Bali.
Onam festival has a deep connection with agriculture and farmers. Farmers worship Shravan Devta and Pushpa Devi for the protection of their crops and good yield. The joy of ripening the harvest creates a new hope and confidence in the minds of the people.
These days special cleaning of the entire house is done. After this people decorate the whole house with flowers. The program to decorate the houses with flowers lasts for a full 10 days. People also make Rangoli with flowers on their doors.
Many dishes are prepare.
A traditional feast ceremony is organize during Onam festival. Apart from sweet dishes, nine delicious dishes are prepared in this ceremony, in which Pachadi Kallam, Olam, Dao, Ghee, Sambar, Banana and Papad chips are mainly made. These dishes are serve on banana leaves. People wish their friends, relatives and family members on this festival.
The Government of Kerala celebrates it as a tourist festival.
Onam is one of the most colorful festivals of India. The popularity of this festival is so much that the Kerala government celebrates it as a tourist festival. During Onam festival, events like boat race, dance, music, banquet are also organize.