Onam the annual harvest festival of Kerala, features myriad cultural and social events across the state, cutting through all sections of people.The Athachamayam festival celebrated exclusively in the royal town of Tripunithura marks the true spirit of Onam highlighting its religious and communal harmony. Tripunithura Athachamayam is a spectacular fete which marks the beginning of Onam celebrations in the Chingom month of the Malayalam calendar. This grand event features a dazzling ceremonial parade of caparisoned elephants, colourful floats, awesome folk art performances like Theyyam Pulikkali and Kavadiyattam, classical dances like Kathakali and Mohiniyattom, percussion bands like Pandimelam and Panchavadyam, tableaus depicting scenes from history and mythology, decorative flower carpets, the trademark of Onam, and so on. It is an occasion to witness almost all the folk art forms of Kerala. Conducted every year on the Atham star of the Malayalam month Chingam, the event held at the Royal historical town of Tripunithura is a celebration of a legendary victory of the Kochi King. Athachamayam marks the beginning of the ten-day Onam festival in Kerala. It is an occasion to witness almost all the folk art forms of Kerala. Caparisoned elephants varieties of folk art forms floats, musical ensembles etc form part of the procession.