ONAM – Welcoming Mahabali

Onam is celebrated around harvest time in Kerala. Primarily a Hindu Festival that is celebrated as a New Year's by the Malayalee people it honours Vamana Avatar who is an incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu. The traditional attire of white Lungis and sarees with gold borders, floral decorations form a significant part of the celebratory prayers. The festival lasts for about ten days during which lots of performances of song, dance, skits are conducted by Malayalees in all parts of the world. In Kerala though the celebrations are extravagant including boat races, mask dances, martial arts display and a lot more.