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In pictures: The best pictures from this year's Onam celebrations

Catch Team | Updated on: 4 September 2017, 19:31 IST
People from Kerala make a 'Pookalam' on the theme of 'Make in India', ahead of harvest festival Onam, in Bhopal (PTI)

Onam, Kerala's 10-day-long harvest festival, is arguably the largest and most important festival in Kerala's calendar. Falling in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam (roughly August-Sepember), the festival is held to welcome the arrival of the mythical King Mahabali. 

The legend goes that Mahabali, a great Keralite ruler, was defeated by Vishnu at the behest of other gods. However, for all the good work he had done, Vishnu allowed for Mahabali to return once a year. 

The festival serves as a celebration of Kerala's heritage, with the state's culture coming to the fore in spectacular fashion. Malayalis celebrate the festival with theatre, music, dance, spectacular boat races, and, of course, great food. On the final day of Onam, Thiruonam, a grand feast called Onasadya is prepared. This nine-course meal usually consists of between 11 to 13 dishes. 

As this year's Onam celebrations draw to an end, here are some of the best pictures of this year's Onam celebrations: 

Malayali community women taking selfie on the occasion of Onam festival in Kerala, India. (Vivek Nair/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
People make Pookalam (floral Rangoli) to welcome the emperor Mahabali on the occasion of Onam festival, in Kerala, India. (Vivek Nair/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Devotees light up candles on the festival of Onam at a temple in Chennai (PTI )
Keralites celebrating with 'pookalam' on the occasion of Thiru Onam festival at Chikmagalur in Karnataka. (PTI )
A full-fledged sadya (feast) is an integral part of Onam celebrations, in Kerala, India. (Vivek Nair/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Onam is an annual harvest festival of Kerala. The festival is mainly celebrated by Malayalees around the world with traditional folk dances, artworks, etc.)
Onam is an annual harvest festival of Kerala. The festival is mainly celebrated by Malayalees around the world with traditional folk dances, artworks, etc. (Vivek Nair/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
First published: 4 September 2017, 19:31 IST
 
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