At the end of Monsoon, Kerala prepares for what is undoubtedly the most important annual event of the state – Onam. From royally decorated elephant processions to the iconic Kathakali dance, spirited snake boat races to vibrant “pookalam” flower carpets – Kerala comes alive with brilliant colours and energy during this festival. Fairs pop up across the state, where traditional items and souvenirs are sold, and the community gets a chance to come together.
When: 1st to 13th September 2019
The festival is said to have originated as a celebration to remember the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king who ruled over Kerala. According to legend, the Gods were so jealous of King Mahabali’s popularity and power that they conspired to end his reign. They sent Lord Vishnu to Earth in the form of a dwarf Brahmin who trampled Mahabali. But the Lord granted the king one wish, which was to visit his land and people once every year.