When is Onam in 2016 - The Vamana Avatara Festival

Onam Calendar 2016
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Onam is a harvest festival that is celebrated in the southern states of India, especially in Kerala. This day is also observed for the Vamana Avatara of Lord Vishnu and it takes place in the month of Chingam of the Malayalam calendar. It also commemorates the annual visit of king Mahabali or Bali who, although a demon king, was a much loved one. There are various rituals that are a part of this event like Vallam Kali, Pulikali and Onavillu among others. This festival is a very old one and its popularity among the people has made it survive till the present era. So if you are wondering when is Onam in 2016 then we can inform you that it falls on the 13th of September which is a Tuesday.


Onam Celebrations

The festivities for Onam continue for ten days and all of these days are filled with different kinds of customs. A colourful parade marks the beginning of the festival and it displays many aspects of the cultural heritage of this region. A pookalam is a carpet made out of flowers and such a decoration is the major attraction of this festival. Pookalams are made at homes as well as in places of work and educational institutions by everyone. The Onam meal or sadya is also a very important ritual and plantains play a major role in the grand feasting. Traditional dances as well as snake boat races are an important part of this auspicious long festival.

Onam Celebrations


Staying away from your friends and relatives during such a merry time can be hard for you and also them. Hence, you can look into the exclusive Onam gift ideas available on this online gift store to be sent to India. These gifts have been categorised into different sections and you can find many varieties on this online gifting portal.

Onam Gifts

Chocolates are loved by all and hence they are a very popular gift item for a festive celebration like Onam. The Family Choco Treat contains handmade chocolates in various multi coloured wrappings that have been placed in an ornate silver tray. You can also give attractive spiritual gifts as Onam is first and foremost a very religious celebration. The Beautiful Puja Hamper consists of a puja thali that holds an idol of Lord Ganesha along with two diyas, two dabbis and a mangal kalash.

Attractive Onam Gifts


There are different kinds of dry fruits available on this gifting site that contain items like cashew nuts and pistachios. The Mouth Watering Combo Of Dry Fruits is comprised of a combined assortment of cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios and raisins. A gift of sweets is a welcome one for any Indian festival and you can find many such treats here. A Pair Of Appetizing Sweets has two kinds of sweets for your loved ones, namely, motichoor laddoo and kaju roll.

Appetizing Onam Gifts


These online gifts to India will be loved by your dear ones in India during the celebration of Onam. there are also other types of gifts available here for various events, occasions and festivals. They can be used to send gifts to India from USA as well as from other parts of the world.


Dipsuta Published: Aug 03, 2016 | Last Updated: Nov 07, 2019
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