A number of Onam songs accompany the various customs and rituals of Onam - from the songs sung while swinging and the songs sung while plucking flowers for the Athappoo to the ritualistic music accompanying the Onathaaru, the Onathullal and so on. The most popular ditty of Onam, ' Maveli nadu vaanidum kaalam' - When King Mahabali ruled over the land - describes the golden age of Bali's rule.
The occasion is also significant for songs, which are mostly tagged to harvest related themes. There are hundreds of such songs, that today adds to the charm of traditional singing and dancing during the Onam festival. Most of these are taught orally and preserved through generations.