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Onam is the biggest occasion or festival for the people of Kerala to have fun together each year after the harvesting. Like any other Indian festival, Onam date varies each year due to relying on the movement of the stars or the planets. However, Onam festival usually celebrated at the start of the first month of Malayalam Calendar, known as ‘Chingam’. Or as per the Gregorian calendar, this festive occasion comes in August-September months and as per the Hindu (Indian) calendar, it falls in Bhadon month.
Atham-Day One – 02 September, 2019
Atham is the first day of festivities in the ten-day-long Onam carnival. This day of Atham comes ten days before the asterism Onam or Thiru Onam. Hence Atham is regarded as holy and auspicious by the traditional people of Kerala.
Chithira-Day Two – 03 September, 2019
Chithira is the second day of celebrations in the ten-day-long Onam festivities. There are not any marked rituals for this day but people offer their prayers to evoke the divine blessings.
Chodhi-Day Three – 04 September, 2019
Third day of the ten day long festival of Onam is called Chothi or chodi. The day is marked by lots of activities. Frenzied shopping can be witnessed in all the market place as everybody buys new clothes and accessories for the grand festival of Onam.
Visakam-Day Four – 05 September, 2019
Vishagam or Visakam is the fourth day of the Onam festivities. Since the number of days left for the big days are few now, the excitement becomes obvious among the people of Kerala. Brisk activities in the market and households can be witnessed on the day of Visakam.
Anizham-Day Five – 06 September, 2019
Anizham is the fifth day of Onam celebration. A major attraction of this day is the grand Snake boat race event called Vallamkali, which takes place on the fifth day of Onam. This hugely popular competition happens on the banks of river Pamba at Aranmulla. A multitude of domestic and international tourists come to witness the colorful spectacle of the race.
Thriketa-Day Six – 07 September, 2019
Thriketa is the sixth day of the carnival of Onam. A feeling of joy and happiness can be felt amongst the people of Kerala at this time. Cultural programmes and social gatherings are organized by various cultural societies all over the world. People of all caste and religion participate in these events, as the festival of Onam has become a secular festival.
Moolam-Day Seven – 08 September, 2019
Moolam is the seventh day of the festival of Onam. With just two days left for the festival now, enthusiasm grips the state of Kerala. There is hustle-bustle everywhere as the excited people do their last bit of shopping. People get to feel that the time of meeting their Onathappan has just come.
Pooradam-Day Eight – 09 September, 2019
Pooradam is the eighth day of the ten-day long carnival of Onam. On this day the devotees create clay idols called Ma. As the idol is created on the day of Pooradam, it is also called Poorada Uttigal. Each Ma is decorated with flowers.
Uthradam-Day Nine – 10 September, 2019 First Onam
On the day of Uthradam, the tenants and dependents of large traditional joint families bring the produce of their farms or the product of their toil to the Karanavar (eldest member of the Tarawad). These gifts from the tenants to the Karanvar are called Onakazhcha. Karanvar greets these people warmly and treats them with a sumptuous meal on Thiru Onam.
Thiruvonam-Day Ten – 11 September, 2019
On this day the enchanting state of Kerala reverberates with the chants of Onaashmsakal, “To everyone, Onam Wishes”. According to the people, the spirit of legendry King Mahabali visits the state of Kerala.
Avittam – 12 September, 2019 Third Onam
Chathayam – Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi – 13 September, 2019 Fourth Onam