December 5, 2016: Subrahmanya Shashti
December 6, 2016: Nanda Saptami
December 7, 2016: Kala Bhairavasthami
Onam is considered to be the most important festivals of Kerala. Onam this year falls on September 15, 2005. The origin of the festival is traced to the puranic legend of Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Maha Vishnu. Mahabali, the great Asura King was pushed into the Netherworld by Vamana. He was, however, permitted to revisit his kingdom once in a year and Onam is the day which he visits his subjects.
The whole of Kerala dons a pleasing attire to host a grand receipt ion to King Mahabali, so that he rejoices at seeing his beloved subjects happy. On Onam day, Pookkalam is the ubiquitous floral decoration to be seen outside each house to welcome the King Mahabali. The other festivities are the colorful parade of elephants and fireworks, the Kathakali performances, sports events, dancing to the strains of ballads sung in praise of King Bali and snake boat racing which Kerala has ever been famous. Onam heralds the harvest season which corresponds to the Malayam New Year Chingam when the Ravi is in Simha Rasi.
The whole land of Kerala is covered with lush green vegetation and a feeling of plenty reigns the land, in God’s own country.