Happy Onam !!!!!!!!!!

September 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm 24 comments

On September 2, all over the world, malayalis are celebrating Onam, one of the biggest festival of Kerala(irrespective of caste or religion).It is more than a festival ,literally  a season for all malayalis. Since during my college days my non mallu friends and colleagues used to ask me about Onam.Onam is mainly associated with a myth. According to myth mahabaly,a righteous king who ruled Kerala centuries back will come to malyala nadu to see the welfare of his praja(people)(full story here).Another significance Onam is, it is the celebration of harvest and prosperity. Like during rain drenched karkidakam masam (june-july), farmers will be in poverty. chingam(august September) which falls after karkidakam is harvest season. So this joy and enthusiasm is celebrated as onam.

 When it comes onam, the main thing is mouth-watering onam sadhya(thali) with 23 dishes served in banana leaves. Then multicolored floral decoration (pookalam….unique designs represents different cultural and social aspects of Kerala life) onakody means new clothes, especially kasavu mundu for guys and kasavu set-saree for ladies (Malayali girls look’s best in set-saree).In rural areas a lot of games like kabbady, tug of war between elephant and men, thiruvathira (a traditional dance form). Uri-adi (hitting the pot—one of the most exiting game and personally my favorite), boat race (only in few areas) etc will be played.

 The major significance of Onam is  its popularity with all communities with in Kerala   (though it is connected to Hindus) it is celebrated with equal sprit by the Hindus, Christians and Muslims .Yeahh in kerala, first thing is we are malayalis, then only religion, cast, creed etc  will come in our minds :).

 P.S: Niraparayum Nilavilakkum, pinne orupidi Thumbapoovum, Manasil nirachu orupadu Snehavumayi….Orayirum..ONASHAMKAL!!

Wishing U all a happy and prosperous Onam……



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  • 1. Swaram  |  September 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Firstu 😛

    anish : hehe yeahh , you are 🙂

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  • 2. Swaram  |  September 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Wish u a happy Onam too 🙂 Its gr8 to see this unity in diversity 🙂 Thatz India na 🙂

    Lovely description Anish of all things related to Onam!

    U mentioned the Sadhya too 😦 Nw I really wanna eat 😛 Someone invite me pls 😉

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    • 3. Smitha  |  September 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Come over Swaram 🙂 I am making a sadya here 🙂

      anish : hey, you are not inviting me???????? 😯

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      • 4. Swaram  |  September 1, 2009 at 3:57 pm

        Wow! Droooooooollllll 😛

        anish: mujhe amma ki yaad aa raha hai! 😥 …ohhh i’m gonna miss amma’s preparation and specials this time 🙂

    • 5. anishthomas  |  September 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

      hey thank you 🙂 …yeahh thatz india …bt unfortunatily we are loosing it now a days…
      @sahya…….you are invited by anish and fly for onam feast.so board the next flight to chennai with your hus 🙂

      Reply
  • 6. Smitha  |  September 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Happy Onam Anish!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    • 7. anishthomas  |  September 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm

      thanks a lot smitha chechi :)..happy onam to you too 😀 …then any special plan for tommorow 🙂

      Reply
  • 8. Benny  |  September 1, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Happy Onam cheta!!! hav a nice time:)

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    • 9. anishthomas  |  September 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm

      thanks aniya lol :)… nd happy onam to you too 🙂

      Reply
  • 10. Elegant Chic  |  September 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Happy Onam! 🙂

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    • 11. anishthomas  |  September 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      thanks and happy onam to you too 🙂

      Reply
  • 12. Ordinary Guy  |  September 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    aliya!!!!!!! happy onam machu!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 13. anishthomas  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

      thanks aliya 🙂 and happy onam to you too machu…… 🙂

      Reply
  • 14. scorpiogenius  |  September 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wishing you the most prosperous Onam! Enjoy your time..

    sHAPPY pONAM! 😉

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    • 15. anishthomas  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

      hey thanks aliya 🙂 ……happy onam to you too 🙂

      Reply
  • 16. kanagu  |  September 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Happy Onam machi… 🙂 and really happy to know the history behind that celebration 🙂
    enjoy 🙂

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    • 17. anishthomas  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

      Thanks machi 🙂

      Reply
  • 18. Solilo  |  September 2, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I think Onam is the only festival which is celebrated by all irrespective of religion.

    Onaashamsakal, Anish!

    You are right about,

    “In Kerala, first thing is we are malayalis, then only religion, cast, creed etc will come in our minds.”

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    • 19. anishthomas  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

      yeahh very true 🙂 , where else the world we can find a festival like this 😀
      Onashamsakal solilo 🙂

      Reply
  • 20. Rakesh Vanamali  |  September 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Anish – Wishing you & folks a very happy Onam! Thanks very much for your wishes and for a wonderful post too!

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    • 21. anishthomas  |  September 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

      Thanku so much rakhesh 🙂

      Reply
  • 22. Nancy  |  September 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Tho its belated…please accept my wishes too 🙂

    p.s: “Malayali girls look’s best in set-saree.”…..AH-A 😀

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    • 23. anishthomas  |  September 11, 2009 at 9:24 am

      @ Onam wishes : it is my pleasure to accept your wishes 🙂 and thank you so much for the wishes 🙂

      @ Malyali girls —- True na,they looks gorgeous in that.Guys also looks good in kasavu mundu (Unfortunately i don’t know how to use it 😦 )

      Reply
  • 24. abhilash1989  |  June 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Nice blog, really a cool theme too. Do u know how to prepare Onasadya and how to serve it?…. Just see our post here

    http://recipes4hunger.blogspot.com/2010/03/onam-sadhya-how-to-prepare-onasadya-how.html

    Reply

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