Chithira, Chodhi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradom and Thiruvonam. What are the major attractions or events of the Onam festival? Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
The colors are chosen to please each god, and only yellow flowers are used on Atham for the first layer of the pookalam. The festival has interesting beginnings that can be traced back to the Kochis Maharaja. Thiru in South India is used for anything associated with the Lord Vishnu and Thiruvonam is believed to be the Nakshatra of Lord Vishnu who pressed the great King Mahabali to the underworld with his foot. 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. Young men and women, decked in their best, sing Onappaatt, or Onam songs, and rock one another on swings slung from high branches. From the arrangement of the Pookkalam (flower carpet) to having the Sadhya (traditional meal with rice and more than two dozen side dishes the non-resident Keralites are enthusiastic to celebrate the festival which marks the welcome of King Mahabali, who is believed to have.
A b c. How is Onam celebrated in Kerala? People also decorate swings with flowers to celebrate the king's homecoming. 9 14 12 However, some non-Hindus in Kerala denounce its celebration as a cultural event because they consider it as a religious festival. It is also celebrated by Malayali diaspora around the world.