Onam, Kerala's Own Festival
Onam is the national festival
of the state of Kerala. Its the harvest festival. People irrespective of
their religion celebrate onam with traditional gaiety and fervor.
that where there is a Keralite there will be Onam celebration. People
decorate their houses with floral carpets for ten days that precede Onam.
One of the main features of Onam is the grand feast in the traditional
Kerala style. People sit on floor and eat food from plantain leaf. And
eventhough I can not give you a grand Onam sadya (feast) right now, I hope
to treat you all to a net-sadya !
from the fact that its the harvest festival, Onam has a legend behind it.
There was a time when this place was ruled by a very just king called Bali.
Its believed that this king will visit Kerala once every year to visit
Its the festival of the land. The capital city Trivandrum, as usual has
geared up for the festival. People are out in large number in the streets
to watch various cultural programs as well as for shopping. The whole celebrations
will culminate on the 30th of August with a grand procession through
the city's main street called the Mahatma Gandhi Road.
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