Onam is here again!!A festival of Kerala,it is celebrated by all communities, with a spirit of comradeship , togetherness and unity.Such festive spirit is rarely visible in other festivals.. A Malayali, where ever he may be ,will be enthusiastic about Onam. There is a saying in Malayalam that even if you have to sell your belongings,you must celebrate Onam. The festival enthuses every one,young or old, rich or poor. Actually the festivities continue for the whole month. Onam is a festival of flowers , rejoicing and hilarity
In olden days the festivities were generally restricted within the family. With the passage of time the celebrations have reached the pinnacle. From the precincts of the households the festival is now all pervasive. The shops, business establishments and offices all celebrate the festival with great fervour and enthusiasm. They arrange special feasts for the employees. Decorations are exemplary .All this is enough to mesmerise everyone.
This time is ideal to visit Kerala. The Festive spirit is visible even in Nature. Every thing is in plenty.The coconut and palm trees spread a nostalgic breeze and a flavour which is no where available. The famous Boat races are also held during this time of the year.This attracts lots of tourists from all over the world.
Shopping is an integral part of this festival. All shops store plenty of articles connected with this festival. Special schemes and discounts are offered to the buyers. The highlight of the festival is the feast, sadya, All delectable Kerala special recipes are prepared.They include Avial, Erissary. Olan ,Kalan and many other delicacies.The centre of attraction is the Payasam.
Every malayali takes pride to be a part of all the celebrations to welcome their dear king,Mahabali who is supposed to be in the Netherland(pataal Lok) and visits his subjects every year.Happy Onam to everybody.