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Heritage of Kerala’s 10-day Onam celebration

Heritage of Kerala's 10-day Onam celebration
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During the Onam festival, Kerala prepares variety of food that reflects its culture. The Onam season celebration, which welcomes the start of everything good and new, is celebrated by Malayali people in Kerala and other countries around the world. Based on a festival tradition, the wise and kind-hearted King Mahabali, who was loved by the people, had ruled the kingdom. During Onam, it is believed that he makes an appearance in the styate. Onam is the day when people celebrate this myth by arranging a great lunch.

For the Onam Sadhya, the most major meal of the day, both men and women dress in the traditional kasavu mundu and saris. In fact, there are Onam Pookalam, which are basically flower carpets. In order to welcome King Mahabali, people make flowers in front of their homes.

The delicacies’ ingredients all capture the spirit of Kerala’s harvest season and the richness of the area’s rich, nutritious food. A major element are seasonal vegetables.

The 10-day holiday has a different title, symbolism, and traditions that people engage in to celebrate Onam. Atham, Chithira, Chodi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradom, and Thiruvonam. For ten days, people in Kerala celebrate this festival. Every day of this festival has a special significance. People therefore celebrate them all in various ways.

The gatherings reflect Kerala’s rich culture and history. Overall, Onam is a celebration that brings the Malayali people together. Every year, people celebrate it with enthusiasm and delight.

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Archana Bijo

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru. Her interests range from Photojournalism, Media Research, Documentaries, Communication Studies, Film Studies, Radio Journalism, Women Studies, Advertisement Studies with keen interest in writing on varied topics and articles relating to photography, festivals, moments of life, and travel.

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