Onam is a festival which is celebrated with pomp and show in Kerala. It is considered as the national festival of Kerala. It is celebrated every year during the month of August or September. According to the Malayalam calendar, these are the first month of the year, Chingam. Thiru-Onam, Thiruvonam and Sravanmahotsav are the other name of Onam. It is celebrated for ten days. Young and old participate in all the festivities with equal enthusiasm and zeal.