Onam 2019 Date, Onam 2019 Calendar, Thiruvonam Date

Onam 2019 Date, Thiruvonam Date


Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly by the people of Kerala. Malayali festival Onam is celebrated by native speakers of Malayalam. Onam is celebrated in Chingam month on Malayalam Solar Calendar. Chingam month is known as Simha month in other solar calendars and in Tamil Calendar it is known as Avani month. In the month of Chingam when Nakshatra Thiruvonam prevails, that day is considered for Onam celebrations. Thiruvonam Nakshatra is known as Shravana in other Hindu Calendars.

The festival honours the appearance of Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the home coming of the legendary King Mahabali. Onam celebrates the Asura King Mahabali's annual visit from Patala Lok, the lok that is considered to be under Earth. It is believed that Asura King Mahabali visits every Malayali home to meet people on Thiruvonam day. Onam celebrations start on Atham day (the day when Atham Nakshatra prevails) and continue for 10 days till Thiruvonam day. Atham Nakshatra is known as Hasta Nakshatra in other Hindu Calendars.

Onam Word Meaning


The word ‘Onam’ or ‘Thiruvonam’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Shravanam.’ Thiruvonam is one among the 27 nakshatras or constellations. The passage of time made the word Shravanam becoming Onam in today's time. The word ‘Thiru’ means the places and activities associated with Lord Vishnu in South India. Thiruvonam is the Nakshatra of Lord Vishnu, who appeared as Vamana to push Mahabali into Pathalam.

Onam Festival Origin 



The Onam's Origin is popularly associated with the legend of the great King of Kerala Mahabali or Maveli coming annually to visit his land. Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avataar to help Devas to get rid of Demon King Mahabali. Vamana wanted to have 3 steps of land and thus was offered three steps of land during a yagna by King Bali. Bali thought that little Vamana could not take much land using his foot. But soon Vamana transformed himself to Narayana or Vishnu. In one step, he took earth and in another step heaven and there was no space left to keep the third step. But as Vamana was promised by Bali to give 3 foot of land, Bali offered his head to Lord Vamana. After this, Vamana god put the 3rd step on his head and was pushed to go into Patala Lok.

The Great HomeComing of MahaBali


Mahabali did not took much time to know that Vamana is none other than Narayana. He bowed in front of Narayana and asked him to place the third step on his head. Sri Vishnu was impressed by the great humbleness of Bali. He asked Bali of a boon. Thus Maveli said – that he be allowed to visit his beloved people on earth every year. And this annual visit by MahaBali is Onam, when MahaBali the great king of Kerala comes to visit his land.

It is believed that this has happened during the Thiruvonam nakshatram day in Malayalam month Chingam and thus it is celebrated as Onam. Some people also believe that Thiruvonam is the birth star or janma nakshatram of Vishnu and King Bali was therefore permitted to visit on this day.

One belief also states that even before Onam became a festival, the day was celebrated in the Vamana Temple in Thrikkakara. Vamana murti was installed here on this day.

Traditional Athapookalam


Athapookalam or Onam Pookalam is the flower arrangements prepared during 10 day Onam festival in Kerala. It is similar to Rangoli in North India and Kolam in Tamil Nadu. The making of the Pookalam starts on the Atham day, ten days before Thiruvonam. Pookalam consists of ten small round steps which symbolises ten different Hindu deities. Floral carpet symbolically represents the fight between Asuras and Devas.

There is only a single ring on the Atham day, the next day of Chithira there will be two rings and so on. On the Thiruvonam day there will be 10 rings. Only a single color flower is used on the first day, two colors on second day and 10 different colors on the last day.

First step is Ganesha, second is Shiva and Shakti, third is Shiva, fourth is Brahma, fifth is Pancha Boothangal, sixth is for Shanmughan or Muruga, seventh step is for Guru, eighth step is for ashta digpalakar, ninth is for Indra and tenth is for Lord Vishnu.

Onam Festival Dates

Here you can see the Onam 2019 Date as well as the date for upcoming years.

Onam 2019 Date 11th September, Wednesday
Onam 2020 Date 31st August, Monday
Onam 2021 Date 21st August, Saturday
Onam 2022 Date 8th September, Thursday
Onam 2023 Date 29th August, Tuesday
Onam 2024 Date 15th September, Sunday
Onam 2025 Date 5th September, Friday

Onam 2019 Calendar

Here you can find Onam 2019 Calendar:

Onam Day 1  1st September 2019  Atthachamaym, Athapoo Pookalam
Onam Day 2 2nd September 2019  Chithira Day
Onam Day 3 3rd September 2019  Chodhi Day
Onam Day 4 4th September 2019  Vishakham Day
Onam Day 5 5th September 2019  Anizham Day, Vallam Kali
Onam Day 6 6th September 2019  Thriketa Day
Onam Day 7 7th September 2019  Moolam Day, Onam Sadya Puli Kali, Kaikotti Kali
Onam Day 8 8th September 2019  Pooradam Day, Onathappan
Onam Day 9 9th September 2019  Pooradam
Onam Day 10  10th September 2019  Uthradom Day, First Onam Uthradappachil
Onam Day 11 11th September 2019  Thiruvonam Day, Second Onam Thiru-Onam, Onam
Onam Day 12 12th September 2019  Avvittom Day, Third Onam Thrissur Pulikali
Onam Day 13 13th September 2019  Chatayam Day, Fourth Onam

Onam Wishes in English and Malayalam


1. May God bless you, and the color & lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy. HAVE A HAPPY ONAM 2019

2. The Onam Celebration is an occasion for people to remind themselves of the all-pervasive nature of the divine. I wish all your family members and especially you, A Happy Onam & Tiruonam!

3. Onam is the time for pookkalam on the floor; children on swings; tiger clad men with hunters behind them; people enjoying sadyas with family. Let this Onam bring Joy and Prosperity to all. Happy Onam!

4. Let this Onam bring Joy and prosperity to you and your loved ones. I wish a Happy Onam to you and your family.

5. As Kerala welcomes our dear King, I wish you an Onam, filled with Happiness and Joy My heartfelt Onashamsakal.

6. Hope This ONAM Brings In Good Fortune & Abounding Happiness To You! Wish You And Your Family A Frivolous ONAM! Happy ONAM!

7. Nilavilakkum Niraparayum..Pinne orupidi thumba poovum. Manasil orupaadu snehavumayi veendum oru PON-ONAM varavaye. Oraayiram Onaasamsakal!

8. Ella Malayalikalkum nhangalude Onashamsakal.

9. Shehathindeyum Aishwaryathindeyum Sambalsamrudhiyodeyum Orayiram “Ponnonashamsakal.”

10. Nilavilakinte Parishudhiyum, Tumbapoovinte Nairmalyavumai, Varunna Ponnin Chinga Masathile Ponnonatte Varavelkan Niranja Snehathode Ende ONAM Ashamsagal.

11. May the colour and lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy. My heartfelt wishes on Onam Happy!

12. Onam brings with it the promise of abundance, happiness and prosperity, so may your life be filled with goodness and may all cares and worries fade away!

13. Onam is the time for poookalam on floor, children on swings, tiger clad men with hunters behind them. People enjoying sadhyas with family. May this Onam bring joy and prosperity to all.

14. May this festival of Onam be a harbinger of cheer, Good luck, peace and prosperity, that lasts a whole year. Wish you a Happy Onam!

15. This Onam may you be showered with Good luck, prosperity and happiness, have a wonderful Onam