Sunday, September 25, 2011
Last evening, we had the wonderful privilege of attending an Onam festival. Here is an explanation of the celebration. A special deaf friend of ours is from Kerala, India. We really enjoyed celebrating the festival with the group of people who have immigrated to Des Moines, IA from Kerala. We had a lot of fun!
Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala.