Onam. The festival of Keralites.

It is the most biggest and most important festival
of Keralites. Onam is a harvest festival and it is also the start of a new year in the
Malayalam Calendar. Onam is celebrated in the month of Chingam in Malayalam
Calendar. During this festival, many activities take place across the state. Here we
are listing the top 5 Onam attractions. Also keep an eye out for
stunning Onapookkalam (floral carpets) laid out for the occasion.
1. Thripunithura Athachamayam

The Athachamayam in Thrippunithura is considered as the start of the Onam
festival. Infact, there isn’t a more colourful start to the festival than this. It
features a street procession featuring decorated elephants, floats, various
traditional art forms etc. The beginning of this culture can be traced back to the
age of Maharaja of Kochi. He used to march from Tripunithura to the
Vamanamoorthy Temple in Thrikkakara (also known as Thrikkakara Temple). This
modern day festival follows in his footsteps.

2. Feasting

Onam is not complete with its glorious feast. ‘Onasadhya’, is what Keralites call it.
Onam is not Onam without ‘Onasadhya’. It consists of a number of specialties
(often more than 20 different curries) and is served on banana leaves.

3. Aranmula Snake Boat Race

Snake Boat races are usually conducted in Kerala during the season of Onam. The
‘Aranmula Uthrattathi Vallamkali’ is one among them. It is one amongst the
oldest Snake Boat race in Kerala. The race focuses more on tradition than on
competition. It is related to the nearby temple Aranmula Parthasarathy temple.

4. Tiger Play or ‘Pulikali’

Tiger Play or ‘Pulikali’ is one of the other major attraction of Onam. It takes part in
the town of Thrissur. Hundreds of men, painted their bodies as tigers dancing to
the beat is another attraction of Onam. It takes about 4 hours to decorate one
person and in order to paint the details, all the body hair needs to be removed.
When the procession is over, the performers wash their body with kerosene to
remove the paint. There are prizes for the best decorated tiger and gaest dancer.

5. Onam week celebrations

During the week of Onam, the arts & sports clubs all over the state will be
conducting many cultural, art and gaming competitions. Many of them become
active during the time of Onam. Kerala Tourism puts on a huge week-long Onam
celebrations in the state.

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