It is delightful that Onam and Raksha Bandhan both are falling almost together. Both these festivals have spread a spirit of festivity. Onam is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is a belief that even if you have to sell your land, you must celebrate Onam. The festivities go on for a week. People decorate their houses with flowers,which is known as Phookalam. Here is a sample.
The famous boat race, in the back waters are held at this time of the year.
The most important event is the Onam Sadya, a feast, in which special delicacies like avial, eraserry, olan and payasam of two three varieties is served. In the grand feast, food is served on banana leaves.
Raksha Bandhan will also be celebrated on the coming weekend. This an important festival, celebrated through out North India. It is a very pious and solemn festival. Girls tie a ''rakhi'' around the wrist of their brothers and pray for their well being and long life. Traditionally rakhi was made of coloured thread. Now they are becoming glamorous, with rakhis of silver, gold and costly gems. The sister put a Tika on the forehead of the brother. The brother gives gifts to the sisters.
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