Onam is a festival celebrated by Malayalis in Kerala and at all other part of the world to mark the homecoming of the Great King Mahabali. It is also said to mark the harvest season for Kerala. The festival lasts for ten days and is celebrated with a great splendour.
Feasts, colourful masks, performances and boat races will be held during a 10-day celebration. For 10 days starting tuesday (30 August – 8 September), Onam celebrations will take place across the South Indian state of Kerala as well as among Malayali communities around the world.
Onam festival is celebrated to honour the kind-hearted and much-beloved demon King Mahabali, who is believed to return to Kerala during this festival. According to Vaishnava mythology, King Mahabali defeated the Gods and began ruling over all three worlds. King Mahabali was a demon king who belonged to the Asura tribe.
Onam is an annual cultural festival, in the Indian state of Kerala. A major annual event for Keralites, it is the official festival of the state and includes a spectrum of cultural events. Drawing from Hindu tradition, Onam commemorates King Mahabali and Vamana.
Chethi also known as the flame of woods is recognised as the official Onam flower because of its red colour. The flower, which is used to make the rangoli rings, makes the design look extravagantly elegant.