|Posted On : 25-August-2023 : 11:17AM | Onam 2023 Celebtation & More! : Celebration of Onam Festival 2023 !
First Onam is on August 28, Monday, Thiruvonam 2023 will be celebrated on August 29, Tuesday. Third and Fourth Onam falls on August 30, Wednesday and August 31, Thursday respectively. Discover 2023 Onam Pookalam designs.
#.History About Onam 2023 !
Onam is a harvest festival celebrated in Kerala. It also marks the return of King Mahabali/Maveli in Kerala, as the demon king once ruled the state. According to mythology, the kind-hearted King Mahabali defeated the Gods and began ruling over all three worlds. He was a generous and wise leader, but the Gods got insecure about his popularity. They asked Lord Vishnu to step in and help them out. Therefore, Lord Vishnu took his fifth avatar - the Brahmin dwarf Vamana.
Then, Vamana paid a visit to King Mahabali. The generous King asked the Brahmin what he wished for, to which Vamana responded, "Three pieces of land." Then, Vamana grew in size, and in his first and second steps, he covered the sky and the netherworld. When Lord Vishnu's fifth avatar was about to take his third step, King Mahabali offered his own head to God. Pleased by his sacrifice, Lord Vishnu granted King Mahabali the right to visit his kingdom and people, every year during Onam.
#.Onam 2023 Celebrations !
The festival of Kerala - Onam, also known as Thiru-Onam or Thiruvonam, is right around the corner, and the people of Kerala are gearing up to mark this day with full fervour and excitement. Onam is a harvest festival which celebrates the return of the legendary King Mahabali/Maveli to the state.
The festival falls in the month of Chingam, between August and September, according to the Malayali calendar. It also marks the beginning of the Malayalam year, called Kolla Varsham. It is a 10-day long festival, with each holding much significance. The first day is called Atham, followed by Chithira, Chodi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradom and Thiruvonam. Thiruvonam is the last day - considered to be the most auspicious occasion.
People mark the 10-day festivities by taking early morning baths, deep cleaning their homes, decorating them with flowers and lights, making Pookalam (a floral pattern) outside, and eating Onam Sadhya - a huge feast served on banana leaves. It features over 26 dishes prepared with the help of all the family members and eaten with hands.
Additionally, the women of the household wear a white and gold saree called the Kasavu saree. People also enjoy different activities like Onakalikal (various games played during the festival), Vallamkali (boat race), Pulikali (a tableau with actors dressed as tigers and hunters), and archery during Onam.
#.When is Onam 2023 Celebration ?
This year, Onam festivities will begin on August 20 and Thiruvonam will fall on August 31. According to Drik Panchang, the Thiruvonam Nakshatram will begin on August 29 at 2:43 am and end at 11:50 pm.
#.All About the 10 days of Onam 2023 - The Harvest Festival !
Day 1 :: Atham
Atham marks the beginning of the Onam festivities and the preparation of the day Mahabali returns to his kingdom. It is the day one of this auspicious harvest festival and is celebrated with grand processions like the Athachamayam at the Vamanamoorthy Thirrikara Temple and throughout Kochi. People also start building layers of Pookalam (made of yellow petals) on this day. On the first day, the base layer is made, called Athapoo.
Day 2 :: Chithira
Chithira is the second of Onam and is marked by the Malayali households with pomp. They visit temples and add two more layers to the Pookalam made with orange and yellow petals.
Day 3 :: Chodi
The third day of Onam is called Chodi. On this day, people purchase new clothes and jewellery for their loved ones. The ritual is called Onakkodi. While men choose to buy mundu, boys prefer Pattu Pavada and women wear Kasavi saree.To commemorate this celebration, a new layer is added to the Pookalam.
Day 4 :: Vishakam
The fourth day of Onam, Vishakam, kickstarts the preparations for the Onasadya. Families start stocking up their homes with the season's first-ever crops as people celebrate the auspicious festival with a variety of dishes.
Day 5 :: Anizham
The fifth day is called Anizham. On this day, the renowned boat race competition Vallamkali is held on the Pamba River.
Day 6 :: Thriketta
Thriketta is the sixth day of Onam festivities. On this day, families visit their ancestral houses and temples to ask for blessings. People also embellish the Pookalam with new blooms.
Day 7 :: Moolam
The seventh day of Onam celebrations is called Moolam. From this day, temples start offering the Onasadya. Additionally, a variety of folk dances, such as Pulikali and Kaikottukali, are performed all over Kerala.
Day 8 :: Pooradam
Pooradam is the eighth day of the festival. The Pookalam grows larger on the seventh day as more blooms are added each day. Clay statues of Mahabali and Vamana are positioned in the centre of the Pookalam to begin the Pooradam ritual. According to legend, Mahabali was extended an invitation to visit every home by that gesture.
Day 9 :: Uthradom
The ninth day is called Uthradom. People undertake extraordinary preparations to honour Mahabali's arrival, which is also known as the First Onam. Several dishes are made with recently harvested fresh fruits and vegetables.
Day 10 :: Thiruvonam
Thiruvonam is the tenth day of Onam and is considered one of the most auspicious days of the festival. It marks the end of the Onam celebrations. On this day, people paint intricate designs on their front doors with rice flour batter to welcome King Mahabali. Families prepare and enjoy Onasadya, the opulent Onam feast.
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