Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar, which is Chingam (August–September), and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival.
Kerala, India - Performers dressed as tigers take part in Pulikali, or tiger dance, during festivities in Trichur city, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, September 15, 2008. The ceremony was organised to mark the end of the annual harvest festival, "Onam"