Onam (4th Sept 2017) is the most revered ancient festival of Kerala. This is a Hindu festival Onam, celebrated with a great enthusiasm throughout Kerala for a period of ten days. It is symbolic of King Mahabali’s annual home-coming as well as celebrates the Vaman avatar of Lord Vishnu. Mahabali was the greatest king of Kerala and it was during his reign that the local people saw the best of times.
A number of activities and dances are also organised, the most popular being Pulikali in which performers dress up as tigers.A popular folk song narrates the glories of that period. When Mavely ruled, all men were equal, they were leading a life of happiness and nobody had any calamity-thus goes the song.
While women wear traditional saree like attire, men are most often seen in Dhotis. This is one of the festivals in India which is celebrated with zeal, zest and most number of cultural elements. The dressing is accompanied by gold jewelry, which features long necklaces, which can reach close to the waist, along with smaller necklaces, earrings, headband and gajra, a hair accessory made of flowers.
Onam is the official state festival of Kerala with public holidays that start four days from Onam Eve (Uthradom). It is celebrated by Malayali diaspora around the world.
Though a Hindu festival, non-Hindu communities of Kerala participate in Onam celebrations considering it as a cultural festival. However, some non-Hindus in Kerala denounce its celebration as a cultural event because they consider it as a religious festival.
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