Which is the most secular festival in the country by virtue of it being celebrated by people belonging to all religion and castes with equal fervour? The answer is undoubtedly Onam - a harvest festival all Malayalees celebrate to mark the return of their legendary king Mahabali.
The 10-day festival falls in the month of Chingam (August-September) as per the Malayalam Calendar.
Malayalees prepare to receive Mahabali with various traditional celebrations which include Onapookkalam (floral decoration), Thiruvathirakali, Pulikali and Ona Sadhya, to name a few.
It is an occasion for all to forget their afflictions and immerse themselves in the celebrations - to re-enact the golden period under Mahabali.
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