Biggest harvest festival of Thiru Onam was celebrated by Keralites across the globe.
Various cultural and religious programmes were organized throughout southern state of Kerala to celebrate the Onam.
The festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (August- September). It is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past and is considered to be a harvest festival. It is also the state festival of Kerala.
- The festival marks the commemoration of Vamana avatara of Lord Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the mythical King Maha Bali and his prosperous rule.
- The celebrations start with Onam Pookkalam, in which the floral carpets are laid on the floors early in the morning.
- Poojas are performed at temples across the state including at the hill shrine of Sabari Mala, Guruvayur and Thrikkakara, believed to be the capital of King Maha Bali.
- Traditional feast known as Onam Sadya is served on plantain (banana) leaves with rice and variety of curries along with sweet called payasam.