Onam is an annual holiday and festival celebrated in Kerala, India. It is also a harvest festival, and falls on the 22nd nakshatra Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September.
Onam is a traditional harvest festival celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala. It's a vibrant and colorful occasion that involves various cultural and festive activities. People dress up in traditional attire to mark the festival's significance
Kasavu Saree: The quintessential Onam attire for women is the Kasavu saree. This traditional white saree with a golden border is a symbol of elegance and cultural heritage. It's often paired with a matching blouse and accessorized with gold jewelry.
Kasavu Mundu: Men typically wear the Kasavu mundu, which consists of a white dhoti with a golden border. The mundu is usually paired with a simple white or cream-colored shirt.
Traditional Jewelry: Women adorn themselves with traditional jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, bangles, and anklets. Gold jewelry is particularly popular during festive occasions like Onam.
Floral Decorations: Fresh flowers are an integral part of Onam celebrations. People may wear garlands or floral accessories, such as flower bracelets or anklets, to add a festive touch.
Mehndi/Henna: Applying intricate mehndi designs on hands and feet is a popular tradition during Onam. It adds an artistic and cultural element to the festive look.
Observed by:Malayalis as religious and cultural festival, Kerala state
Observances:Sadya, Thiruvathira Kali, Puli Kali, Pookalam, Ona-thallu, Thrikkakarayappan, Onathappan, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal, Onavillu, Kazhchakkula, Athachamayam, and Vallamkali.