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Onam is an ancient festival and its importance is both seasonal and religious. Seasonal, because it celebrates the rice harvest season, and religious, because its origins are deeply rooted in great Indian mythology. Since this story is way too long, I’ll stick to mentioning just the occasion, which is marked by this festival. It is believed that Keralasaw its golden period during the reign of the mythical King Mahabali. He was very pious, generous and therefore loved dearly by all his subjects. Due to certain circumstance, Lord Vishnu had to push King Mahabali into the great oceanic underwater. However, since he had done no wrong he was granted lordship over the oceanic underwater and was granted one wish. As a boon, King Mahabali asked Lord Vishnu to grant him the opportunity to visit his subjects once every year. Onam came to be celebrated as the time when King Mahabali’s departure preparations began in the underwaters and went on till he had left and ascended to the heavens.