With the chants of the following song (it has been translated from Malayalam), Kerala celebrates its beautiful festival “Onam” from today onwards and it lasts for 10 days.
|“||When Maveli, our King, ruled the land,All the people had equality.
And people were joyful and merry;
They were all free from harm.
There was neither anxiety nor sickness,
Death of the children was never even heard of,
There were no lies,
There was neither theft nor deceit,
And no one was false in speech either.
Measures and weights were right;
No one cheated or wronged his neighbor.
When Maveli, our King, ruled the land,
All the people formed one casteless race.
The history of Onam dates back to AD500. Onam is the biggest festival of Kerala which marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. You get to see the best of Keral culture and the richness of festival celebrations which includes Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance etc. Its also called as a harvest festival in Kerala.
Few Images from the Gods Own Country Kerala
Image source: Email forwards received from friends.
Kerala Song source: WikiPedia
Happy Onam to All my Malayalee Friends
My state festival “Mysore Dasara” is round the corner. Watch out for write ups on that. I will be in mysore during next weekend for Gnu/Linux Habba celebrations.