Happy Onam 2023: Know the History, Significance and Wishes

Happy Onam 2023

Know the history, significance, and festivities surrounding the Kerala harvest festival as Onam 2023 begins on August 20 and culminates on August 31.


  • Onam Festival in Kerala:

Commencing on August 20 and concluding on August 31, the 10-day Thiru-Onam celebrations mark a joyous period in Kerala. Honoring the return of King Mahabali/Maveli, each day from Atham to Thiruvonam holds significance. The final day, Thiruvonam, is paramount, symbolizing the culmination of festivities with the grand Onasadya feast. Familiarize yourself with Onam’s history, importance, and traditions if you join this year’s celebrations.

  • The History of Onam:

Originating in ancient Kerala, Onam has deep roots in mythology. It celebrates the return of King Mahabali, a legendary ruler famed for his just and benevolent governance. The story goes that King Mahabali’s devotion and humility pleased Lord Vishnu, but his growing popularity and power made the gods uneasy. In a clever ruse, Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a dwarf Brahmin, Vamana, and requested land from Mahabali. When Mahabali agreed and offered his head as a stepping stone for Vamana, he was sent to the netherworld. However, Lord Vishnu granted him the boon to visit his people once a year, celebrated as Onam.

  • The Significance of Onam:

Onam is a 10-day festival that brings together family, friends, and communities. The elaborate floral carpet known as “Pookalam” that adorns the entrances of homes is a beautiful sight to behold. The grand feast, “Onasadya,” served on banana leaves, is a culinary delight with various traditional dishes. The Vallam Kali, or the boat race, is another exciting event where beautifully decorated snake boats race in unison. The folk dance, “Pulikali,” where performers dress up as tigers and hunters, adds a touch of vibrant theatrics to the celebration.

  • Warm Wishes for Onam 2023:

 As Onam approaches, exchanging heartfelt wishes with your loved ones is customary. Here are a few warm wishes that you can share to spread the festive cheer:

  1. “May your home be filled with laughter, love, and the vibrant colors of Onam. Happy Onam!”
  2. “Wishing you a bountiful harvest of joy, good health, and success this Onam. Have a wonderful celebration!”
  3. “May this Onam bring you and your family closer, like the unity celebrated during King Mahabali’s reign.”
  4. “May the sweet fragrance of flowers and the deliciousness of Onam sadya fill your life with happiness. Happy Onam 2023!”
  5. “On the auspicious occasion of Onam, may you be blessed with prosperity, good fortune, and endless moments of joy.”