"Onam - The Festival of Peace"


"Onam" is the most popular festival in Kerala and is celebrated with great pomp and show. It is believed to be the National festival of Kerala. Onam is celebrated each year in the month of August-September which according to the Malayalam calendar is the first month of the year called Chingam.
Onam, held in August and September for 10 days, originated in Kerala to celebrate the golden rule of King Mahabali. This year in 2019 Onam will start on 1 September & will end on 13 September. They sent Lord Vishnu to earth in the form of a dwarf Brahmin who trampled Mahabali to the netherworld. But Lord Vishnu granted the king's sole wish i.e. to visit his land and people once every year.

According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days.

During the Onam, people visit the temples on the first day. They take part in a procession near Thrippunithura. They begin to create the Pookalam. They clean their houses. They exchange gifts with loved ones.
It is the festival of peace and harmony. Like all other traditional festivals, the promotion of goodwill and social cohesion is the aim of celebrating Onam. Although the myth behind the festival originates from the Hindu tradition, it is celebrated as a secular event by people of all religious beliefs.
   
Importance of Onam:

The festival of Onam is dedicated to the King Mahabali who though was an Asur (one with more negative thoughts in his mind) by birth but was a Sur (one with more positive thoughts in his mind) by virtue. It is said that Kerala never witnessed a better time than it witnessed during the rule of King Mahabali. He was the most just king ever. None of the needy ever returned empty handed from his door. The myth of King Mahabali says that the king sacrificed himself along with everything else he had in order to stand true to his words. Thus as a reward for his sacrifice he was blessed to be remembered by the people of Kerala and all his followers for eternity in the form of Onam festival.

If you wish to travel to Kerala to enjoy the fun and frolic of an Indian festival, then the best option would be the time of Onam. The interesting rituals associated with the festival contribute to making the celebrations of Onam a fascinating one. 

On the occasion of Onam festival, women usually wear gold jewellery. There is white and gold combination which is preferred by women in Kerala.

You can give the gold gifts to your loved ones on the occasion of the Onam Festival. Following are some gold jewellery which would be given as a gift to your loved ones.

The Vibrant Lady Earring  


The Floral Adjoint Ring 

The Chief Fondness Ring 


The Pranasama Mangalsutra 

The Frisky Gold Ring 

The Classy Mangalsutra 

The Vishma Bangle








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