Monday, August 23, 2010

Festival South India: Thiru Onam

Today is Onam – One of the most important festivals of Kerala

Onam meant only snake boat race about which I came to know from my school books. I found it quite fascinating, but yet to witness one in person!

Slowly I came to know the story of Mahabali Chakravarthy visiting his citizens and the people of Kerala greeting him with pomp and splendour for ten days in the Chinga month (Aavani in Tamil – August 17-September 16) culminating with the Tiruvonam day.
Nowadays I associate Onam with the special Atha Pookalams and of course the delicious Ona Sadhya!

I woke up this morning to find lovely pookalams in our colony and would like to share it with you

A kathakali face being done by the kids in our block

As for Ona Sadhya, thank you Indu for the delicious paal aada pradhaman!

A very Happy Onam to all!



  1. Lovely pics! I am sure the people in your colony will feel thrilled to have you amidst them. My favourite pictures are the first and the fourth. Truly beautiful. And the kids's work is very nice.

  2. Like the Durga Puja in Bengal,Onam festival is spread over many days culminating on Tiruonam day and the entire Kerala and places where Malayalees live revel in the spirit of celebration and brotherhood.
    Nice post and nice pictures

  3. Your blog is so colorful and full of pictures!
    Onam reminds of all things Kerala though I have never been a part of Onam celebrations. Belated happy Onam.

  4. nice..very colorful :)

  5. Nice post! Some of the best highlights of Onam is pookalam, they are so lovely and colorful, and the sumptuous meal, I love them!

    Happy Onam to all!