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Ancient festival which still survives in modern times Onam is Kerala's rice harvest festival and also the Festival of Rain Flowers. Falling in the Malayalam month of Chingam, it celebrates the Asura King ahabali's annual visit from Patala (the underworld). Onam is unique since Mahabali has been revered by the people of Kerala since prehistory.The King is so much attached to his kingdom that it is believed that he comes annually to see his people living happily. It is in honour of King Mahabali, affectionately called Onathappan.
Why it is celebrated  
The beauty of the festival lies in its secular fabric. People of all religions, castes and communities celebrate the festival with equal joy and verve. Onam also helps to create an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood by way of various team sports organised on the day. The rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten-day festival. The central feature of Onam is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine-course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.
 Details : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onam
Onam in Vizag

How it is celebrated in Vizag
To commemorate the golden rule of the king Mahabali, Onam is celebrated to welcome the king once a year with spiritual fervour

Pookalam is an intricate and colourful arrangement of flowers laid on the floor. PookkalamTradition of decorating Pookalam is extremely popular in Kerala and is followed as a ritual in every household during ten-day-long Onam celebrations.

'Pookhalam' consists of two words, 'poov' meaning flower and 'kalam' means colour sketches on the ground. It is considered auspicious to prepare Pookalam, also known as 'Aththa-Poo' during the festival of Onam.

People believe the spirit of their dear King Mahabali visits Kerala at the time of Onam. Besides making several other arrangements, people, especially adolescent girls prepare elaborate Pookalams to welcome their most loved King.
Source : http://www.onamfestival.org/pookalam.html


Onasadhya is the most delicious part of the grand festival called Onam. It is considered to be the most elaborate and grand meal prepared by any civilisation or cultures in the world. It's a feast which if enjoyed once is relished for years.
Source :  http://www.onamfestival.org/onasadya.html

Avial > http://www.onamfestival.org/avial.html
Banana Halwa> http://www.onamfestival.org/banana-halwa.html
Tomato Rasam> http://www.onamfestival.org/tomato-rasam.html
Vizag's way of
Remembering the good and prosperous olden days of the ruling of the Great King Mahabali, Keralites in vizag celebrate Onam with much favour. Main atraction wil be Kerala Kala Samithi which organiszies the programs, people irrespective of their caste and relegion celbrte the festival .
Kerala Kala Samithi

Cultural programmes will be organised during the celebrations for all the nine days in the evenings like dance performes, special disclousre on Bhagavatham etc. Anndanam will be conducted









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