Celebrating Onam

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Celebrating Onam

Being a harvest festival, it is time to thank God for the bountiful yield. According to the stories in Hindi epics, Mahabali, the legendary King of Kerala,visits the State every year during the Onam festival. This is to ensure the well being of his people. Image source: http://2.bp.blogspot.com

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Celebrating Onam

Shopping with the family reunion is also an activity that is performed with much cheer.

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Celebrating Onam

A traditional folk dance performed by women(Kaikottikali), which form a prominent part of the celebrations of Onam.

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Celebrating Onam

In addition to this, sporting events such as Uthratadi Vallamkali (snake boat race) is organised with great zeal.

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Celebrating Onam

Thiruvonam is the important day of Onam, where the traditional and lavish feast is organised. Lip-smacking recipes are prepared by the women in every Malayalee household. Image source: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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Celebrating Onam

Intricate designs of rangolis (with colored rice paste) and pookalam (with flowers) outside each home is decorated. Image source: www.spiderkerala.net

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Celebrating Onam
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