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Onam 2023: 7 lesser-known and interesting facts about 10-day festival

Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST
  • Onam is a significant rice festival celebrated throughout Kerala that marks the beginning of the Malayalam year Kollavarshamis.
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Onam, also known as Thiru-Onam or Thiruvonam, is a yearly 10-day harvest festival observed in Kerala. Starting from August 20th this year, the festival will end on August 31st. Let's explore intriguing details about Onam that give this festival its unique significance.(PTI) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Onam, also known as Thiru-Onam or Thiruvonam, is a yearly 10-day harvest festival observed in Kerala. Starting from August 20th this year, the festival will end on August 31st. Let's explore intriguing details about Onam that give this festival its unique significance.(PTI)

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The festivities honour the comeback of the legendary King Mahabali, who is cherished as the ruler by the people of Kerala. Each year, the king comes to visit his people to ensure their happiness. (HT File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

The festivities honour the comeback of the legendary King Mahabali, who is cherished as the ruler by the people of Kerala. Each year, the king comes to visit his people to ensure their happiness. (HT File Photo)

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A unique and traditional dance called Kaikotti Kali, or Thiruvathira Kali, takes centre stage during the festival. (HT Photo/Vivek Nair) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

A unique and traditional dance called Kaikotti Kali, or Thiruvathira Kali, takes centre stage during the festival. (HT Photo/Vivek Nair)

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Onam Sadhya (Grand meal) is a traditional meal that is prepared on Onam and is served on a banana leaf. It features more than 24 items that sometimes go up to 64 dishes. (Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Onam Sadhya (Grand meal) is a traditional meal that is prepared on Onam and is served on a banana leaf. It features more than 24 items that sometimes go up to 64 dishes. (Pexels)

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Pulikali (Tiger dance): This folk dance form is performed during the fourth day of the Onam festival. On this day devotees disguise themselves as tiger by painting their faces and bodies like tigers with stripes of yellow, red and black and dance to the rhythm of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda.(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Pulikali (Tiger dance): This folk dance form is performed during the fourth day of the Onam festival. On this day devotees disguise themselves as tiger by painting their faces and bodies like tigers with stripes of yellow, red and black and dance to the rhythm of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda.(AP)

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Onam pookalam is a floral decoration that is made in front of homes to welcome the king’s spirit. (HT File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Onam pookalam is a floral decoration that is made in front of homes to welcome the king’s spirit. (HT File Photo)

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Aranmula Boat Race or Aranmula Uthrittathi Vallamkali is a grand event and is one of the most ancient and revered boat races of Kerala that is held on the day of Uthrittathi asterism. (Instagram/@b_anandu_nair) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Aranmula Boat Race or Aranmula Uthrittathi Vallamkali is a grand event and is one of the most ancient and revered boat races of Kerala that is held on the day of Uthrittathi asterism. (Instagram/@b_anandu_nair)

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Pulikali (Tiger dance) is a folk dance form that is performed during the fourth day of the Onam festival. On this day devotees disguise themselves as tiger by painting their faces and bodies like tigers with stripes of yellow, red and black and dance to the rhythm of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda.  expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Aug 25, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Pulikali (Tiger dance) is a folk dance form that is performed during the fourth day of the Onam festival. On this day devotees disguise themselves as tiger by painting their faces and bodies like tigers with stripes of yellow, red and black and dance to the rhythm of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda. 

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