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Women performing Thiruvathirakkali as part of Onam celebrations in

The festival of Onam, according to the Malayali calendar, is celebrated for 10 days in the month of Chingam. According to the Gregorian western calendar, the festival generally falls during the months of August and September.

This year, Kerala's festival of harvest commenced on September 1 and is scheduled to go on until September 13. Onam is celebrated by Malayalis all over the world for its religious and cultural significance. Many pay homage to the homecoming of King Mahabali, believed to be the grandson of Prahlad.

There are four important days in the 10-day period of Onam. The first day falls on September 10 when King Mahabali returns home. The second day – known as Thiru Onam or Thiruvonam -- is the most important day when king Mahabali visits people's houses. The third day, known as Avittam, is the day when houses prepare for the departure of King Mahabali. Celebrations go one with the famous boat races, Kumathikali and the Puikkali.

Onam in Kerala is celebrated with great fervor. Women wear white saris or mundus and the entrance of houses are decorated with elaborate flower arrangements.

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The Onam Sadya or feast is one of the most famous parts of the festival, where an elaborate menu, featuring a variety of vegetables, Kerala's famous banana chips, pickles, rice, curd, raita, avail, olan, rasam and papads, is prepared. The entire feast is served on a banana leaf, which is also eco-friendly.

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Here are some wishes and messages you can share with your loved ones on this auspicious day

Finally, the long-awaited festival of Kerala is here,
A day celebrated by people belonging to all religions in the state.
Wishing you the warmest greetings of the special day.
Happy Onam to all.

May God bless you and fill your heart with joy and happiness. May the colours and lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy. Enjoy the most beautiful Onam with your family. Happy Onam 2019

O - Ormayude
N - Nanmayude
A - Aghoshangalde
M - Malayalikalude Ponnonam
Happy Onam!!

Lets welcome King Mahabali, who comes to visit his subjects once in a year during the festival season of Onam. May you be blessed with the greetings and wishes of the day. Happy Onam to you and your family.

May this Onam be the most memorable day in your life,
With some cherishable moments that you can carry forward.
Spend the day with family.
Happy Onam

Let Maveli shine his grace upon you
Let happiness reign your homes
Wishing you a great Onam