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Onam is the National festival of Kerala and it is celebrated by the people of the State with great enthusiasm and happiness. Onam is generally celebrated in the months of August to September, which is also known as the Chingam month in accordance to the Malayalam calendar. According to this calendar, Chingam is the very first month of a year. The grand harvest festival of Onam lasts for a period of ten days. People of all ages participate in this festival with great happiness and excitement.