The agrarian festival is celebrated for a period of 10 days and begins with Aathachamayam (The Royal Parade on Aatham Day) in Thripunithara (a suburb of Kochi City) every year.

Onam is the most popular festival in Kerala and is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year. The festival falls on the Malayalam month of Chingam (between August and September) and also known as the harvest festival of Kerala.

Thrikakkara temple in Kochi city is the main centre of the festival and it is which is believed to be the ancient capital of King Mahabali. Onam is the most awaited festival in Kerala, as it is believed that it is the harbinger of prosperity and happiness in the society.

Onam is a fun filled festival which is celebrated with gaiety and fervour. Women perform their graceful traditional clap dance, Kaikotikalli on the day Pulikali performers paint themselves in the guise of a tiger and enact hunting scenes to enthrall people.

Sports activity Onakalikal is also a part of the celebration. Traditional sports like Talappanthukali, Kutukutu Kayyankali and Attakalam are organized on the day.

Young men and women can also be seen taking pleasure of swinging on well decorated swings swung on high branches and simultaneously singing traditional songs.

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