This week, Hindus in southern India are witnessing some high-spirited celebrations. People in the coastal state of Kerala go crazy over the state festival of Onam, with ten days of feasting, boat races, song, dance and merriment. This year, the most important day of Onam - Thiru Onam - falls on Monday, September 16, 2013.
Onam marks the homecoming of King Mahabali and the beginning of the harvest season. Read the various myths and legends behind its origin.
Spectacular parades of caparisoned elephants, fireworks and the famous Kathakali dance are traditionally associated with Onam. It's also the season of many cultural and sport events and carnivals. All this makes Onam-time a perfect period to visit Kerala, aka "God's Own Country". Find out more about this high-voltage festival. GO