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Onam

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It is the Annual Harvest Festival, celebrated in Kerala (South India). It is the day when it is supposed that the King Mahabali visits each house of his kingdom and meets his people. Feast is prepared on this day to mark this occasion. The main attraction is the entrance of the homes, which are decorated by Rangoli ( design on the floor made by hands) made from various colors.


Highlights
Celebrated by
: Hindu Brahmins of South India and people of all other religions
Major Places : Celebrated all over India but Chiefly in Kerala - South India
Month of Celebration : August - September

Observances : Sadhya - The Prayer is done, songs are sung and sweets are distributed.

Facets Of Onam :
Onam Celebrations
Onam Celebrations
Wearing Lion headgears and wearing the lion dress, the whole of the group roams around the city, from home to home, marking the coming of the King Mahabali - the protector.

Decorated Elephant in Onam Festival
Elephant Fair
Lined up elephants in a row, dressed up for the day, stand in ovation for the procession of King Mahabali. Its a beautiful sight to see in the midst of music and drums.

Onam Day
The Festival

This ten day festival is celebrated with the square pyramids made of earthen mud placed on the entrance of the house. These represent two Gods of Hindus - Vishnu ( The Creator) and (Mahabali). Houses are cleaned and washed, decorated with flowers and lights. Fireworks are set on marking the welcome of King Mahabali who is supposed to visit each house of his Kingdom on this day. Sumptuous feast of rich delicacies are on display. The eldest member of the family distributes new clothes on this day. Grand lunch is there which are taken with pleasure. Temples are visited and prayers are held throughout the day.

It is one of the festivals which is celebrated by the rich and the poor with the same fervor.

Even the city is decorated with lights and flowers. Throughout the city one can find the firecrackers cracking and sweets being distributed. From the shops to the malls everything is at its best. The night turns into a day with the display of lights. Melas (Fairs) for children are run and there are parties which run to the end of the night.



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