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1. Onam is celebrated in the _____ month of the Malayalam calendar.
A first
B second
C eighth
D tenth

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Malayalam calendar consisting of 12 months is a solar sidereal calendar similar to the Gregorian calendar. Two important months of Malayalam calendar are 'Chingam' and 'Medam'. 'Chingam' is the month of Onam and the first day of 'Chingam', which usually falls on Aug 17th every year, is celebrated as the official Malayalam new year. First day of 'Medam', which usually falls on Apr 14th every year, is celebrated as the astronomical new year, popularly known as 'Vishu'.
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2. Onam is a ___ day festival.
A 1
B 5
C 7
D 10

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3. Onam falls in the same season every year.
A True
B False

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Onam is a harvest festival of Kerala celebrated in the August-September period. The exact date may vary from August to September every year as it depends on the lunar asterism 'Atham' and 'Thiruvonam'.
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4. On which day of the Onam festival is the grand feast 'Onasadya' prepared?
A 1st
B 3rd
C 7th
D 10th

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'Onasadya' is prepared on the 10th and final day of Onam, the day on which it is believed that the spirit of King Maveli visits Kerala.
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5. According to legend, Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a dwarf by the name 'Vamana' and asked 'Mahabali', the ruler of Kerala for:
A as much land as could be covered by his two steps
B as much land as could be covered by his three steps

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'Vamana' asked for the extend of land that can be covered by "three" footsteps to which 'Mahabali' readily agreed. But before taking the first step, the dwarf 'Vamana' grew in size until he towered above the heavens. Then taking two steps he covered all of earth and heaven. To honour the promise the king made to the brahmin, 'Mahabali' requested 'Vamana' to place the third step on his head thus pushing him down to Patala, the kingdom beneath the earth. However, Lord Vishnu was pleased with the king and accepted the king's request that he be allowed to visit Kerala once in a year from his kingdom below. This day of visit of King 'Mahabali' to Kerala is celebrated as Onam every year!
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