Friday, 3 September 2010

Onam at IDIOM

Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival. Onam is celebrated by the all the natives of Kerala, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

This year Onam was on the 23rd of August, since it was a holiday at IDIOM, we decided to celebrate Onam on the 21st. It was a Saturday, and the office was abuzz with excitement. Some of the guys had laid an onapookkalam (floral carpet) as well as cooked for us (we had Onam Sadya with lunch). Everyone celebrating Onam looked great (the men in their lungis and the women in their traditional white saris). Onam was a fun day and we hope to celebrate many more festivals just like we celebrated Onam.

Posted by Rahul

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