Festivities begin as early as 4 am. People clean up their house, take early bath, wear new clothes and perform elaborate prayers to seek divine blessings. A massive and most exquisite pookalam is prepared on this day to welcome the spirit of King Maveli.Highpoint of the day is the enormous lunch called Onasadya. People of Kerala are extremely passionate about this. Even if they cannot easily afford, they will anyhow prepare the meal inclusive of all the 11 13 prescribed dishes. This has lead to the saying in Malayalam, Kanam Vittu Onam Unnanam which means, We should have the Thiruonam lunch even if we have to sell all our properties.