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Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Late August or early September marks some high-spirited celebrations down south. People in the southern Indian coastal state of Kerala go crazy over the state festival of Onam, with ten days of feasting, boat races, song, dance and merriment.

Onam or Thiruonam originated as a joyous annual reminiscence of the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king. Onam is also associated with crops, hence marking itself as the harvest festival. Someone once told me,'it rains inconsistently during the days surrounding Onam. Drizzles, as well as heavy downpour.'

But for us it was the dressing up!
We could also see the Famous Kasavu saree with each person's own individual style and some others with their own contemporary ones.

The Pookalam

The yummy food served in Kerala Sandhya

Although this festival has its origin in Hindu mythology, Onam is for all people of all class and creed. Hindus, Muslims and Christians, the wealthy and the downtrodden, all celebrate Onam with equal fervor. The secular character of Onam is peculiar to this land where unity had always coexisted with diversity, especially during festivals, when people come together to celebrate life's unlimited joys.
That was the best part of all!


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