Onam is the most popular and the biggest festival celebrated in the state of Kerala in India. It falls in the Malayali month of Chingam, i.e. between the end of August and early September. It is celebrated to mark the homecoming of the legendary king, Mahabali. The festivities of Onam lasts for ten days and bring the best cultural elements and rituals of the state such as
It is an annual harvest festival and is also the festival of rain flowers. It falls less than a fortnight after the New Year of Kerala begins. Chingam is the welcome month for the Malayalis and this festival is considered as a harbinger of spring. It signals the beginning of the harvest season in the state. During the ten day long celebrations, rituals such as buying new clothes, traditional Kerala cuisines and celebrations through dance and music are followed. The first day of the ten day long celebrations is known as Atham when statues of Vamana are placed at the entrance of each house.
On the final day which is called Thiruvonam, the birth of the deity of Thiruvanthapuram, Sri Padmanabhan is celebrated. It is the most important day in the celebrations of the Onam festival.