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Onam

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The festival of Onam is celebrated throughout the state of Kerala. Kerala during Onam is marked by happiness, excitement and enjoyment among all sections of people. Onam is celebrated as an outcome of reasons that have to do with mythology as well as old agrarian practices. If one is to go by the myth, then King Mahabali or Maveli was a generous and virtuous ruler, who had once ruled Kerala. During his rule, the kingdom became so prosperous that devas (gods of the Heaven) felt jealous about this and also for the reason that King Mahabali was an asura - a member of the demon clan - who were the enemies of devas. So, they sent Lord Vishnu in the guise of Vamana (a dwarf) to King Mahabali. As an offering from the generous king, Vamanarequested Mahabali for three feet of land. And at the time of measuring the three feet of land,Vamana grew so huge that he measured all the worlds in two steps. Since he had nowhere else to place his third step, Mahabali asked Vamana to place it on his head. Pleased by his benevolence, Vamana blessed Mahabali before he was sent to the nether world and granted him permission to visit his dear subjects once in a year. This occasion is celebrated by all Keralites as Onam.

And the other cause for celebrating Onam is because it is the time of the year when a good harvest has been gathered all over Kerala, resulting in plenitude and happiness.

The celebrations for Onam are held for ten days, beginning with the atham asterism in the month of Chingam (August / September) as per the local calendar.

Festival Venue Date
Guruvayoor Illam Nira Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple, Thrissur 3 August, 2022
Guruvayoor Niraputhari Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple, Thrissur 4 August, 2022
Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple Niraputhari Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram 4 August, 2022
Aadi Vedan Theyyam, Kasaragod Kasaragod 4 August, 2022
Vazhipadu Valla Sadya (Aranmula) Sree Parthasarathy Temple, Aranmula 4 August, 2022
Chengannoor - Vallam - Neeraniyunnu Mazhukeer Puthan Palliyodam 7 August, 2022
Pilleronam
11 August, 2022
Chingam 1
17 August, 2022
Aranmula Vallasadya (Sri Krishna Jayanthi) Sree Parthasarathy Temple, Aranmula 18 August, 2022
Neelamperoor Padayani Palli Bhagavathi Temple, Neelamperoor 28 August, 2022
Dashavatara Charth Vamanapuram Vamanamoorthy Temple 29 August - 7 September, 2022
Athachamayam Thripunithura, Ernakulam 30 August, 2022
Thrikkakkara Vamana Moorthy Temple Utsavam Thrikkakara, Ernakulam 30 August – 8 September, 2022
Guruvayoor Thriputhari Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple, Thrissur 3 September, 2022
Nehru Trophy Boat Race Punnamada Lake 4 September, 2022
Mannar Mahatma Boat Race Mannar, Alappuzha 6 September, 2022
State-level Onam celebrations Thiruvananthapuram September 6 - 12, 2022
Kazhcha Kula Samarpanam Paramekkavu Temple 7 September, 2022
Kazhcha Kula Samarpanam Thiruvambadi, Thrissur 7 September, 2022
Guruvayoor Kazhcha Kula Samarpanam Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple, Thrissur 7 September, 2022
Uthradom Thirunal Pamba Boat Race River Pamba, Neerattupuram, Alappuzha 7 September, 2022
Neerettupuram Vallamkali
7 September, 2022
Vanara Sadhya Sasthamcotta Sree Dharma Sastha Temple 7 - 8 September 2022
Thiruvonam
8 September, 2022
Thiruvonathoni
8 September, 2022
Pallassana Onathallu Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple, Vadakkethara 8 September, 2022
Onavillu samarpanam Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram 8 September, 2022
Thiruvonam Dina Prasada Oottu Mithranandapuram Vamanamoorthy Temple, Thrissur 8 September, 2022
Payippad Boat Race Alappuzha 8 September – 10 September, 2022
Kunnamkulam Onathallu Thrissur 10 September, 2022
Kumarakom Boat Race Kottayam 10 September, 2022
Pulikali Swaraj Round, Thrissur 11 September, 2022
Kummattikali
12 September, 2022
Aranmula Uthrattathi Boat Race River Pamba, Aranmula, Pathanamthitta 11 September, 2022
Thazhathangadi Boat Race
17 September, 2022
Karuvatta Boat Race Alappuzha 17 September 2022
Pulinkunnu Boat Race Alappuzha 24 September, 2022
Piravom Boat Race Ernakulam 1 October, 2022
Oachira Kala Vela - Irupathettam Onam Oachira Parabrahma Temple 5 October, 2022
Kottappuram, Thrissur
15 October, 2022
Kainakary Boat Race
22 October, 2022
Kayamkulam Boat Race
12 November, 2022
Kallada Boat Race
19 November, 2022
President’s Trophy Boat Race Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam 26 November, 2022
Seepothi Theyyams Nittoor, Kozhikode last day of the Malayalam month Karkidakam

NB: In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and local traditions and customs. We have calculated the above festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according to the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.

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