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Onam 2021 Date, Onam 2021 Calendar, Thiruvonam Date

Onam 2021 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 during Madhyahna part of the day, 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. The first day of Onam is popularly known as Atthachamayam day. Post Thiruvonam day, Onam celebrations continue for another two days which means Onam is a twelve days long festival.Onam state holidays start one day before and end after two days of main Thiruvonam day. The holidays are named first Onam, second Onam, third Onam and fourth Onam where the second Onam is the most important day of four days holidays.

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

Onam 2021 Date - 21st August, Saturday

Onam 2021 Calendar

Here you can find Onam 2021 Calendar:

Onam Day 1 12th August 2021Atthachamayam, Athapoo Pookalam
Onam Day 213th August 2021Chithira Day
Onam Day 314th August 2021Chodhi Day
Onam Day 415th August 2021Vishakham Day
Onam Day 516th August 2021Anizham Day, Vallam Kali
Onam Day 617th August 2021Thriketa Day
Onam Day 718th August 2021Moolam Day, Onam Sadya Puli Kali, Kaikotti Kali
Onam Day 819th August 2021Pooradam Day, Onathappan
Onam Day 920th August 2021Uthradom Day, First Onam Uthradappachil
Onam Day 1021st August 2021Thiruvonam Day, Second Onam Thiru-Onam, Onam
Onam Day 1122nd August 2021Avvittom Day, Third Onam Thrissur Pulikali
Onam Day 1223rd August 2021Chatayam 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 2020

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

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