Onam is celebrated by all communities without any discrimination of caste, religion or creed and it is one of the most beautiful and famous festivals of Kerala. Traditionally, Onam is the harvest festival of southern state Kerala of India. The Onam festival lasts for ten days, and the first is called as Atham and the last and important day is Thiru Onam. On these days people send Onam Greetings to their friends and beloved and decorate their homes with Onam Pookalam designs.
The Government of India promotes this culturally rich Onam festival in a big way to attract national and international tourists by celebrating “Tourist Week of Kerala”. Onam is celebrated at the beginning of the month Chingam, the first month Malayalam calendar (Kollavarsham). From this page, viewers can get the Onam greetings in Malayalam and English to share with friends and to your neighbours.
Onam marks the significance of homecoming of King Mahabali, who ruled the state in ancient days. That period was believed to be the golden era of Kerala, and people are happy, free from harm, complete harmony and prosperity. This golden age is ended when Vamana (one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu) pushed the King Mahabali into the “deep into the earth (Patala Lok)”.
The tradition of decorating Onam Pookalam is extremely popular in Kerala and followed as a ritual in every household during the ten days celebrations. Onam Pookalam consists of two words, ‘Poov’ means flowers and ‘Kalam’ means colour sketches on the ground. Kilos and Kilos of flowers are used to decorate.
People believe that the spirit of the King Mahabali visits Kerala at the time of Onam. For that reason, people elaborate the Onam Pookalam to welcome their King. Pookalams are laid on the front courtyard of the house. Idols of Vamana and King Mahabali are placed at the center of the Pookalam and are worshipped.
Rituals of making the flower mats continues for all ten days and the size of the Onam Pookalam designs increases by passing day hence the massive Pookalam gets ready for the main day, i.e., Thiru Onam.
Various flowers are used on each day and as a particular flower to specify the Onam. Flowers include Thumba Poo, Kakka Poovu, Thechipoovu, Mukkutti, Chemparathy, Hanuman Kireeedom, Cheti, Aripoo or Konginipoo. Thumba Poo is given much more preference and also considered to be the favourite flower of Lord Shiva and King Mahabali as he was Shiva worshipper. We have given the Onam Pookalam Designs for you, download it and decorate your courtyards. The collection of latest Onam Greeting cards are presented here, you can download the Onam Greeting cards and present it to your beloved ones.