Onam…the king of festivals ;)

The oonjaal beside the athappookkalam πŸ™‚

Ellaavarkkum ente hridayam niranja Onaashamsakal πŸ™‚

Onam…the favourite festival of the Malayali πŸ˜€ Onakkodi, athapookkalam, oonjaal, pulikali, onathallu…and a grand sadya πŸ˜€

He's generally good humoured...wasn't served promptly at someplace, i guess! πŸ˜‰

Onakkodi: It’s the most sought after part of every Onam — a new apparel! On a Thiruvonam day, every Keralite wears a new dress. The head of the family is supposed to gift onakkodis to all members of that family. Well, the head of mine gave none. So well, I bought it for myself πŸ˜›

Athappookkalam: For 10 days, every single house adorns a ‘flower-carpet’…to welcome Mahabali, the cute, pot-bellied cousin of Santa Claus (they look so similar; only, this guy has no white beard, doesn’t ride on reindeer-sledge nor says ‘ho’ ‘ho’ ‘ho’! πŸ˜€ ) Kids wake up early morning, go hunting for flowers and come back with a variety of them — this is the one time no one screams at one another for ‘stealing’ flowers! πŸ˜‰ We didn’t make any — for lack of space (both in and outside our house) πŸ˜€

Oonjaal: Temporary swings are put up in the courtyard…and all the kids have a swinging time! There was no swing at my place…but well, I’ve been having one swing of a life lately, so no issues there!

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Tiger tiger, burning bright!...a pulikali in progress πŸ˜€

Pulikali: This is the most fun of all…doesn’t the picture say it all? People (mostly kids) dress up as tigers/leopards and dance all the way…in the middle of the road πŸ˜‰ (I feel I resemble a meerkat more — in both looks and behaviour — than a tiger…so, have never participated. Moreover, it’s just for guys πŸ˜€ )

Onathallu: This is a spoof on the whole concept of ‘sharing’…we just hit each other real hard and call it Onathallu, just for the heck of it. I’m more of a receiver than a giver πŸ˜‰

And then…the sadya! Aaaah…the most satisfying part of the festival πŸ˜‰

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That's the top-view of my dining table. Am drooling at the sadya; granny wasted no time in just drooling, though! πŸ˜›

A full-course lunch, with banana chips, jaggery chips, pappads, a banana, 3 pickles, a ‘kichadi’, a ‘thoran’, an ‘olan’ an ‘aviyal’, a ‘koottucurry’, ‘parippu’, ‘sambar’, ‘pulissery’, ‘rasam’, ‘buttermilk’ and 3 varieties of payasam — all served in a plantain leaf! Now you know why Mahabali has a pot-belly πŸ˜‰ I’v developed one too…now, dieting it away!

And oh yes! During Onam, a roughly 4-km stretch in Trivandrum is fully illuminated from 6.30 to 10…for 10 days. The crowd is amazing…and only increases by the year! I went for a walk with my brother “light kaanaan“…it was fun! I had a beautiful, fun-filled Onam. Here are a few pictures he clicked…

P.S.: It was Amma’s birthday on 12th! We walked into the kitchen at 12 a.m. to wish her and lo! She was chilling out — literally! She was almost inside the fridge…though I’ve no clue what she was thinking! A cool birthday? And when my brother and I sang “Happy birthday to you…” and “Santhosha janmadinam Ammakku…” in unison, she gave a start, wheeled around and stared at us. She then blinked thrice. Then her eyes lit up and with an “Oh…12th!”, she thanked us and graciously accepted our hugs, kisses and the gifts πŸ™‚ Oh yes, shall convey each one of your wishes to her πŸ˜‰

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41 thoughts on “Onam…the king of festivals ;)

  1. aa sadyayude kaaryam vaayichittu vaayil titanic odi !!!…well, u missed some more things in onam, for example like the thrikkarappan, etc. but I donno if the onam celebrations differ like the slang in Kerala.

    Ammakku oru bday wish enteyum vaha.

    Happy Onam.

  2. wow i finally saw ur pic !!! πŸ™‚
    u’re sweet..
    Happy onam to all in ur family.. and a very happy birthday to ur mom !
    I saw the pix , they’re really nice.. its all so beautiful..
    The Ganpati celebrations in Mumbai were similar, with all the streets illuminated.. but with the crowd and pollution here, u dont get to enjoy it like u’re supposed to.. 😦

  3. @Everyone

    Wishes conveyed to Amma. She’s very touched. Thanked each one of you with her sweetest smile ever! πŸ™‚

    @Vimal
    Hehe…titanic angu vizhungaathenthaa? athil nalla food ayirunnennaa kettath πŸ˜›
    And yes, Thrikkakkara appan is all from Kochi up north…we don’t follow those…

    @Nikhil
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    @Binu
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    @Reema
    πŸ˜€ Thanks. Sure…drop by soon!

    @Harish
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld! πŸ™‚
    Thanks! And awwww…that’s so sad. No Malayali should ever miss Onam…3 consecutive ones, tht too! Where are you based, then?

    Am blogrolling you! I just love yur Jack-n-Jill story! πŸ˜€

    @Kartz
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    @Arvind
    πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    @Anu
    πŸ˜€ Thanks!
    Thankfully, here there’s no pollution…and even vehicles were not allowed to rush by….so it was fun!

  4. o it came!!! was trying to post comments in the morning but it nvr came i dunno y!!! thght i was blocked or something!!!

    Hope u had a great Onam!! the food looks yummy….i wudnt mind having a pot-belly for its sake!! πŸ˜›

  5. @Rekha
    Yeah, I kno 😦 I’ll do it next yr..i’ll do it at least in my neighbour’s courtyard! (gotta find a neighbour wid a courtyard, b4 tht) πŸ˜€
    And…thanks πŸ™‚ (blushing)

    @Suda
    Yea…That is how I look… πŸ™‚ And thanks for the most perverted compliment ever! πŸ˜€
    Hope you had something yummy soon after yu commented πŸ˜‰

    @Sakhi
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  6. Everyones been commenting with “Is that how you look?”…but I can hardly see you in that!!!

    Btw, aa fotoyil kaanunna papadam okke onangi poyittundaavilley?? adukondaavanam muthasshi samayam kalayaadirunnadu !!!

  7. @Vimal
    Hehe…finally oraalenkilum sathyam paranju…even i was wondering how ppl cud see me in tht..then again, why waste a compliment πŸ˜‰ …so, thaangalum paranjolunne πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Pappadam onnum onangeela…nalla rasyan sadya aayirunnu πŸ™‚

    @Avionic Spanker
    Thanks πŸ™‚ The food WAS yummy…burp! πŸ˜€
    Yea, smart granny alright! πŸ˜‰

  8. My friends who were part of The Nair Service Society used to have Onam celebrations in Chennai, and when we were in college, we never missed the sadya or the festivities. This year, nothing! 😦

    Hope you had a great time.. And to your mom : Happy Belated Birthday! πŸ™‚

  9. @Aparna
    Oh…so sad!
    Yes…I had a delightful time!

    @Dinesh Babu
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld! πŸ™‚
    Hehe…you’re invited to Kerala for the next Onam!! πŸ™‚
    Yea…food was real yummmm… and hehe, thanks!

    @Vimal
    Noooooooooo! Love tag? For me? Koranginte kaiyyilekkano maashe poomaala kodukkunnathu??

  10. ohh..finally i was able to reach home on 11th after 3 months…i could never imagine an Onam and that too in chennai without my friends and cousins..thanks to indian railways for the onam special train from chennai to cochin.
    hey why did u put that pic…mmmmmm…feeling hungry now
    :()

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  13. Hey!!!

    I came across ure blog while i was searching for images of maveli. I know the article was written last year, but atleast i came across it this year eh ?
    This is probably the best description of ONAM for anyone oblivious of the festival.
    U cud probably write an “ONAM for Dummies” book someday and earn a million out of it.
    Until then, happy ONAM !! rock on !!

    P.S — TVM “light kaanal” always rocks!!

    Arun.K.K…. ok ?

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