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Onam Festival 2023: The Importance Of Uthradam, The Final Day

Atham, the first day of the celebrations, took place on August 20. Thiruvonam, the celebration’s last day, will take place on Tuesday. On Tuesday, August 29, the 10-day harvest festival of Onam will come to a close. People from all walks of life come together during this week of feasting, cultural celebrations, and communal relationships. In the southern state of Kerala, the holiday is observed with fervor. Keralan men and women dress in their traditional kasavu clothing, and they celebrate by creating elaborate flower patterns (rangoli) and a substantial sadya (feast). The people of Kerala attach great significance to each of the 10 days of Onam.

Atham, the first day of the celebrations, took place on August 20. Thiruvonam, the celebration’s last day, will take place on Tuesday. The penultimate day, today, is recognized as Uthradam.

On this day, people greet King Mahabali’s spirit, a kind and upright emperor of the golden age known as the “Sukrutha Yuga.”

Onam begins on the day of Uthradam in several areas of Kerala. The farmers from the Nair family’s vast and small farms deliver their entire harvest on this day. These presents are known as Onakazhcha.

The family’s Karnavar (eldest member) welcomes them and gives them treats in return.

Chithira, Chodi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, and Pooradam are the other holidays.

Without traditional folk acts like the Pulikali (tiger dance), Thiruvathira Kali, and Kathakali dance, Onam is incomplete. These dance styles delight viewers with their vivid costumes, deft makeup, and dynamic performances while showcasing the cultural diversity of Kerala. The Kathakali dance is a visual feast that tells heroic and mythological tales via intricate narrative and expressive movements.

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