Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all. Popularity and presentation of rich culture of the state during the carnival made Onam the National Festival of Kerala in 1961. Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all are a part of the dynamic festival called Onam.
Significance of Onam Festival
Onam, which is spread over a period of ten days, is celebrated in the month of Chingam, corresponding to August-September of the Gregorian calendar. The time, which comes directly after the dark and rain-drenched month of Karkidakam (July-August), is in itself a major factor. It signifies the beginning of the harvesting season, which is always a happy time for the farmers. Indeed, the festival is a reminiscence of the state’s agrarian past and its vibrant culture.