Engaging Activities to Celebrate Onam with children

A very Happy Onam to all our readers! Onam is celebrated every year on the 1st day of Chingam Masam, the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is a solar calendar.  Want to know more about this harvest festival – Why we celebrate and how? Read on!

Onam is celebrated every year to mark Mahaballi’s homecoming every year. Onam festival is celebrated in Kerala. This 10-day event occurs during the month of Chingam and ends on Thiruvonam. Onam is a harvest festival in Kerala. Onam celebrations last for ten days and bring out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam – the harvest festival in Kerala. Here’s the story behind it.

Onam is a celebration to rejoice what with new clothes, wonderful food served on Banana leaves and loads of delicious sweets! Even if you are not in Kerala to experience the true spirit of the festival, you can celebrate Onam with these activities!

Make a Pookolam

Onam is totally incomplete without a Pookkalam. Pookalam is the traditional flower decorations in front of the houses, patterned like a rangoli. Encourage your child’s creativity and get them to help you make these lovely flower decorations.

Make an Onam Poster

Look up this idea to make an Onam Festival Poster

Onam Sadya

Onam sadhya is one of the most important elements of the festival’s celebration. These dishes are very simple to make and hence you can get your kids to help make some of the simpler dishes. They can also serve the food on plantain leaves for the family and guests.

Source: IndianExpress

Make a Kathakali Onam Card

Wish your loved ones by sending handmade simple cards like this.

Source: Webindia

Make a Pulikali Mask

Pulikali is a form of folk art and is a street dance performance where many characters act as tigers (Puli) by painting their belly with bright yellow, red and black stripes in resemblance to the tiger and they are being hunted by a hunter. Check out this tutorial by bumpsnbaby.

Pulikali mask

Make a Kathakali Lamp

Give a touch of tradition to your living room, by making this Kathakali mask shaped lamp with two expressions.

Decorate the Elephant

Give out a printout or a drawing of an outline of an elephant to your children and get them to decorate it with beads, sequins, colours or anything they want to!


Onam Songs

Sing these awesome Onam themed songs together with your kids!


Happy Onam!

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