Last Updated: 2nd September, 2019

When is Onam 2019?

Onam Pookalam Design

Onam is one of the major festivals celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala. The festival falls during the month of Chingam (August–September) and is celebrated to mark the homecoming of the renowned King Mahabali. The ten day Onam festivities are an occasion for the people of the state to display the various social, religious and other cultures of Kerala.

  • Onam marks the end of monsoons and welcome the harvest season. The festivities of Onam reflects the vibrant traditions and culture of Kerala in the most beautiful way.
  • Apart from the hindus,the Christians of Kerala also celebrate this annual festival in great enthusiasm. Their rituals includes lighting of Nilavilakku which is followed by an arati and waving of flowers over the Bible which is called Pushparati.
The carnival of Onam Festival 2019 begins with the beginning of the Malayali New Year in the month of Chingam. Onam Datekeeps changing every year. It is a ten day gala. On the tenth day, all collectively prepare an Onam Pookakalam (the flower carpet), to kick start the day filled with the storehouse of joys of Onam Celebration. It is essentially an annual harvest festival and thus holds a great importance for the agrarian society; the natives of Kerela.

Weekday Date Year Name
Fri Aug 28 2015 Onam
Wed Sep 14 2016 Onam
Mon Sep 4 2017 Onam
Wed Aug 15 2018 Onam
Sun Sep 01 2019 Onam
Sat Aug 22 2020 Onam

Onam Dates Detailed Information

  • Atham - (September 2, 2019)
  • Chithira - (September 3, 2019)
  • Vishakham - (September 4, 2019)
  • Anizham - (September 5, 2019)
  • Thriketa - (September 6, 2019)
  • Moolam - (September 7-8, 2019)
  • Pooradam - (September 9, 2019)
  • First Onam/Uthradom - (September 10, 2019)
  • Second Onam/Thiruvonam - (September 11, 2019)
  • Third Onam/Avvittom - (September 12, 2019)
  • Fourth Onam/Chatayam - (September 13, 2019)

Onam Dates

Onam Day 1 1
1st September 2019
Sunday / रविवार
Chingam 16, 1195
Atthachamayam, Athapoo Pookalam

Atham Nakshatra begins at 11:12 AM, Sep 01
Atham Nakshatra ends at 08:34 AM, Sep 02

Onam Day 2 2
2nd September 2019
Monday / सोमवार
Chingam 17, 1195
Chithira Daya

Chithira Nakshatra begins at 08:34 AM, Sep 02
Chithira Nakshatra ends at 06:25 AM, Sep 03

Onam Day 3 3
3rd September 2019
Tuesday / मंगलवार
Chingam 18, 1195
Chodhi Day

Chothi Nakshatra begins at 06:25 AM, Sep 03
Chothi Nakshatra ends at 04:54 AM, Sep 04


Onam Day 4 4
4th September 2019
Wednesday / बुधवार
Chingam 19, 1195
Vishakham Day

Vishakham Nakshatra begins at 04:54 AM, Sep 04
Vishakham Nakshatra ends at 04:08 AM, Sep 05

Onam Day 5 5
5th September 2019
Thursday / गुरूवार
Chingam 20, 1195
Anizham Day, Vallam Kali

Anizham Nakshatra begins at 04:08 AM, Sep 05
Anizham Nakshatra ends at 04:10 AM, Sep 06

Onam Day 6 6
6th September 2019
Friday / शुक्रवार
Chingam 21, 1195
Thriketa Day

Thrikketta Nakshatra begins at 04:10 AM, Sep 06
Thrikketta Nakshatra ends at 04:59 AM, Sep 07

Onam Day 7 7
7th September 2019
Saturday / शनिवार
Chingam 22, 1195
Moolam Day, Onam Sadya

Moolam Nakshatra begins at 04:59 AM, Sep 07
Moolam Nakshatra ends at 06:30 AM, Sep 08

Onam Day 8 8
8th September 2019
Sunday / रविवार
Chingam 23, 1195
Pooradam Day, Onathappan

Pooradam Nakshatra begins at 06:30 AM, Sep 08
Pooradam Nakshatra ends at 08:37 AM, Sep 09

Onam Day 9 9
9th September 2019
Monday / सोमवार
Chingam 24, 1195
Onam Day 10 10
10th September 2019
Tuesday / मंगलवार
Chingam 25, 1195
Uthradom Day

Uthradam Nakshatra begins at 08:37 AM, Sep 09
Uthradam Nakshatra ends at 11:10 AM, Sep 10

Onam Day 11 11
11th September 2019
Wednesday / बुधवार
Chingam 26, 1195
Thiruvonam Day

Thiruvonam Nakshatra begins at 11:10 AM, Sep 10
Thiruvonam Nakshatra ends at 02:00 PM, Sep 11

Onam Day 12 12
12th September 2019
Thursday / गुरूवार
Chingam 27, 1195
Avvittom Day

Avittam Nakshatra begins at 02:00 PM, Sep 11
Avittam Nakshatra ends at 04:59 PM, Sep 12

History of Onam Festival

Festival of Onam is believed to be celebrated in Sangam Age, that is around A.D 800 for the very first time. It was the age of Kalabhras. People in that age used to welcome spring by celebrating this particular festival. After the rainy month of Karkidakam, they welcome the advent of spring season, which would reap fruits of their hard work on the farm land. The entire month of Chingum was imbued with Onam Celebrations and Onam Wishes. A very interesting legendary story is also associated with the Onam festival. God Indra, the son of Kashyapa and Aditi was defeated in a war with Mahabali, the King of Asuras. Seeing the plight of her son, Aditi wailed with grief and pain. Kashyapa asked her to observe the ritual of Payovrata, which had to be started with the twelfth night of the half Karthika. She observed all the rituals pure heartedly. Appeased from her devotion, Lord Narayana appeared before Aditi and promised to help her. He ascended on earth through Aditi's womb to help Indra. Vamana Murti, the incarnation of Lord Narayana ultimately did justice to God Indra.

About Onam

  • Onakkodi is the most important thing about Onam where people wear new clothes and organize an elaborate Onam feast.
  • To welcome King Mahabali during Onam, the womenfolk make some special arrangements. A grand meal is cooked and flower carpets are laid in the patio for this.
  • The traditional dress of Onam is Kasavu Sarees ,which all the married women wear throughout the festival.
  • Some of the mouthwatering dishes that are traditionally prepared during Onam consist of sambhar, rasam, parippu, avial, and the payasam.
  • The Vallamkali also known as the snake boat race is another very popular event that is held during the festival.
  • During the boat race, about 100 oarsmen row huge and graceful snake boats which present a striking sight to the onlookers. Large numbers of tourists including foreigners come to Kerala from all over to witness and take part in the boat racing during Onam.
  • Onam is also the harvest season in Kerala, so the landscape around that time is stunning in the state and everybody is in a cheerful mood waiting to join in the celebrations.
  • Children are the ones who wait most eagerly for Onam; it is the time for them to get new clothes, toys and any other thing that they wish for, from their parents and relatives.