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ONAM: the national festival of Kerala

O nam is the national festival of Kerala, Starts every year on September Month, Celebrate around 13 days,   it is celebrated in Ching...

ONAM: the national festival of Kerala
Onam is the national festival of Kerala, Starts every year on September Month, Celebrate around 13 days, it is celebrated in Chingam. The festivals start with Atham and end with Thiruvonam. There have a lot of traditional and cultural programs related to Onam celebrations. According to the stories in Hindu epics, Mahabali, the legendary King of Kerala, visits the state every year during the Onam festival, to ensure the wellbeing of the people. People put flower mats in front of their houses, to welcome the King. The Onam festivals are celebrating for ten days and are connected to several elements of Kerala’s culture and tradition. New dresses, games and other programs are the part of the Onam celebrations. kerala information provides complete information about Onam, Onam festival, Onam celebration, Onam wallpapers, ona pookalam, onam carpets, Onam images, etc.
Vallamkali
Vallamkali
Onam Celebrations
One of the main attractions of Onam is the ‘Vallamkali‘ or boat races of Karuvatta, Payippad, Aranmula, and Kottayam. Onam is for all people of all class and creed. Hindus, Muslims and Christians, the wealthy and the downtrodden, all celebrate Onam with equal fervor. People of Kerala make elaborate preparations to celebrate it in the best possible manner. It's about the onam, Onam celebration, Onam festival, ona pookalam, pookkalam, ona sadhya, Onam festival kerala, onam aaghosham.

Onasadya
Onasadya
Onasadya
Onasadya is the important factor of Onam celebrations, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine-course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.

Pookalam
Pookalam
Pookalam
Pookalamis the main and important elements in the part of Onam celebrations, peoples make the intricately designed flower in the front courtyard of the house to welcome King Mahabali. Various flowers are used on each day as a specific flower is dedicated to each day of Onam. Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal are two graceful dances performed by women on Onam. Folk performances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali add to the zest of celebrations. kerala information provides all about the Onam festival, Onam images, beautiful pictures of Indian places wallpapers, Onam flowers, Kerala Onam wallpapers, Onam pictures and the reasons behind the celebration Onam festival.

Boat race at Punnamada, Alappuzha in Onam Festival:
Onam Festival Boat Race
Onam Festival Boat Race

Onam Festival boat race
Boat race at Punnamada, Alappuzha is one of the most significant and colorful boat races in Kerala, India. Alappuzha is famous for its annual boat race, held on the second Saturday of August every year. Vallam Kali or Vallamkali literally means boat play/game, but can be translated to boat race in English. Nehru Trophy Boat race is the most prominent sports event organized in Kerala, which is visited by most of the tourists from all over the states of India and even foreign visitors do attend this sports event. The long elegant snake boats, with crews of over a hundred men vying to win the coveted trophy, attract spectators from all over.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race was started in 1952 when India’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Alappuzha and inaugurated the function in which the gigantic snake boats with over 100 rowers in each raced one another. The trophy is a replica of a snake boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the first prime minister of India are inscribed above his signature. Kerala information provides the complete information about Nehru Trophy Boat race, Nehru Trophy Boat race Alappuzha, Nehru Trophy Vallam kali, Vallam kali,

Boat Categories

CHUNDAN VALLAM (SNAKE BOAT)
The boats of Kerala are categorized and named as per their shapes, sizes and purposes. The Chundaanvallam is so-called because of its pointed prow. The term snake boat indicates the shape of the stern which resembles the raised hood of a snake. The front end of this type of boat will be tapering in shape and the rear end will be highly elevated from the water level. It has a length of about 60-65 meters and a capacity to carry over a hundred to hundred and ten people during a race.

CHURULAN VALLAM (RACE BOAT)
The Race Boats “churulan vallams” are boats having a capacity to accommodate about 45 persons and are designed as passenger boats. The ends of these types of boats are shaped as a Circular ring (Churul in Malayalam).

VAIPU VALLAM
‘Vaipu’ vallams are boats having a passenger capacity of about 40-45 persons. One end of the boat is always higher than the other end. These boats were originally meant to prepare food for the other vessels during war.

IRUTTUKUTHY/ODI
Iruttukuthy or Odi types of boats are designed for transportation during the night. The shape of the boat is suitable for speedy journey. The width of the boat is so designed as to avoid friction with water while moving. In olden days these boats were supposed to be used for piracy works.

VANCHIPATTU (SONG OF THE BOATMAN)
These highly rhythmic songs were created to keep up the spirit of the boatman. These songs were so framed and sung as to keep pace with the movement of the oars and to keep alive their devotional, mythological and rustic life styles. Every snake boat has about twenty-five singers with their traditional percussion instruments.

Online Nehru Trophy Boat race ticket
This online ticket booking of Nehru Trophy Boat race is two types, they are Gold and Silver. You can make online payment for the tickets by a debit card, credit card, cash card or by the way of net banking.

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