Onam is a Hindu harvest festival, which is celebrated annually in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the major event for all Keralites and is celebrated by everyone, irrespective of one’s religion.
It is a beautiful festival which showcases the diversity and harmony between the various communities in the state. Onam is celebrated for 10 days during the Malayalam month of Chingam which fills the hearts of people with gaiety and brings them together to be a part of this vibrant and cultural festival.
Onam 2022 Date
The date of the festival is based on the Panchangam which falls on the 22nd nakshatra Thiruvonam in the month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar falls between late August and Early September.
In 2022, the festival of Onam will commence on August 30th and will last on September 8, 2022, which is considered the main day of Onam.
The Reason Behind Celebration
As per Hindu mythology, Onam is celebrated to remember the golden rule of King Mahabali, who ruled Kerala and was a demon but renowned for his generosity and good heart. The legend says that jealous of King Mahabali’s popularity, the devas conspired to end his reign.
They sent Lord Vishnu to earth in the form of a dwarf Brahmin, Vamana, who trampled Mahabali to the netherworld. Vamanan asked Mahabali for three feet of land as his wish from the generous Mahabali.
In the first 2 feet, Vamana measured the entire universe, making his third feet nowhere to place. Mahabali offered his own head to place his feet making the wish complete. Lastly, Lord Vishnu granted the king’s sole wish i.e. to visit his land and people once every year. Hence his home-coming is celebrated as the festival of Onam in Kerala every year.
Significance of Onam
Onam has a lot of significance among Keralites as well as Malayalam people living in India and outside. It eliminated all the religious disparities and propagated harmony in the society. Not only Hindus, but also Muslims and Christian of the state also celebrate this festival with zeal and enthusiasm.
They enjoy the festival as well as have their meal together. Out of a number of entertaining events held during the festival, the main 5 are:
- Tripunithura Athachamayam
- Pookalam: The Floral Decorations
- Pulikali: The Grand Tiger Dance
- Vallamkali: The Boat Race
- Onam Sadya: The Onam Feast
Onam 2022 Images, Quotes & Status
This year, enjoy the festival with all your loved ones and friends and spread peace and harmony in the society. Also, you can wish people by sharing these lovely wishes and quotes on social media:
- I wish this Onam brings lots of happiness and good fortune in everyone’s life. Happy Onam 2022!
- I pray to god that the spirit of Onam flourish your life and make you a good human being
- May this auspicious festival spread peace in society and connect people. Happy Onam!
- Another year, Another Onam but the spirit and zeal is the same as always.
- Cheers to this beautiful festival of Onam which fills our hearts with joy and happiness
- May this Onam come up with peace, prosperity and happiness in your life
- May King Mahabali guide us to be a good human and as generous as him. Happy Onam!!
- On the occasion of the festival of Onam I wish you a wonderful life and a successful career!!
- May this harvest season bring good fortune and bounties of happiness.
- May the almighty forgive all our past mistakes and lead all of us to the path of positivity, generosity and happiness. I wish a very Happy Onam 2022 to you and your family!!!