Onam is an annual Hindu festival, which usually falls between August – September, and is celebrated for ten days. In India’s southern state of Kerala, Onam is considered the state festival. It commemorates New Year’s Day and is also recognized as a harvest festival.

While predominantly a Kerala festival, regions in other states, including Uttar Pradesh (Balia and Baway), Gujarat (Bharuch), and Maharashtra also honor its significance, while Malayali’s or Keralites across the world celebrate from afar.

As like many other Hindu holidays, there are multiple legends of why a particular celebration occurs and what the religious significance is. The most common is the story of King Mahabali’s devotion and selflessness.