At last, Onam is here on our thresholds! A one year long wait is over. Nothing other than Onam instills this much expectation and enthusiasm in Malayali.
Onam- the very word arises nostalgia Onam in every Malayali. It is being felt that every Malayali spends each year of his life, waiting for this annual arrival of Onam. What makes a Keralite different from the rest of the population is his extraordinary concern for relations and his honest efforts to sustain those relations. Hats off to the traditional atmosphere in which a Keralite is being brought up, for it values relations than anything else! Onam is an inextricable part of every Keralite’s tradition. Time may have lifted our dear ones to distant destinations. The most honorable aspect of Onam is that it makes a time for homecoming for people staying far away from their families. The ecstasy that this reunion brings has no parallels.
Onam recalls a glorious past which is lost, perhaps forever. More than just a festival, Onam is an exposition of Keralites’ unwavering belief in their legendary past. Onam is conducted as homage to Mahabali who ruled our country perfectly, long long ago. Legends say that Mahabali was suppressed to ‘Paathaala’, the hell, by Vaamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Mahabali’s last desire was that Vishnu should grant him the privilege to revisit his subjects once in a year. And it is believed that this home coming of Mahabali is celebrated as Onam.
Onam is the secular festival of Kerala .People of all religions, castes and communities celebrate the festival with equal enthusiasm and energy. Onam is conducted in the Malayalam New Year- month of Chingam (Aug – Sep). Season and weather will be at its best during this festival which lasts for ten days. It is also the harvest festival of Kerala. Boat races, several indoor-out door games, the swing decked with flowers hanging from a high branch – Oonjal, the most delicious and sumptuous banquet- Onasadya, Onakkodi, Athappookkalam, Thiruvathirakali, Pulikali etc. are some of the note worthy aspects of Onam. Of these, Onakkodi is of greater significance. It is the practice by which you can gift your beloved ones with new clothes, during the auspicious occasion of Onam.
Wish you all a very happy Onam. May this Onam 2017 bring you all prosperity and happiness.