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Posted: 15 September 2013 at 2:33pm | IP Logged

(Melz & Jillu looking sad)

Jillu: We have no social life! Cry

Melz: And we put our brains to use more than needed. Do you know what 
too much thinking leads to? Shocked

Jillu: Umm, brain dead? Geek

Melz: No! Gray hairs ! 

Jillu: Hawww ! I'm too young to be looking so old Cry

Melz: Me too ! Cry We need to give ourselves a good break!

Jillu: But what can we do instead? Confused

(Both are trying to figure this out when Tanu comes running in)

Tanu: Guys, it's Onam ! Party

Melz: What's that? Confused

Tanu: Onam is a festival that celebrates the homecoming of our King Mahabali! It is the biggest celebration ever for everyone from Kerala. Star

Melz: King and celebration?Shocked That sounds fun! Maybe we should join too. What do you say Jillu?Dancing

Jillu: How do we join the celebration without knowing much about it? Ermm

Tanu: Don't worry. I'm here na. I'll teach you guys about Onam. By the end of it, you would be ready to celebrate it this year!Star

Jillu: Sounds like a plan! We're totally in. Big smile

H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M 

Onam is a major festival that is celebrated in Kerala. It marks the return of King Mahabali to the state each year. The festival occurs during the harvest season which is already very important to the people of Kerala.

H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M 

The Onam festival is magnificent to watch, and people from many parts of the world come down to Kerala to take part in it. Plus, Onam is not restricted to any specific religion in Kerala. Everyone from every culture, religion would be seen celebrating the festival with spirit

H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M 

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Posted: 15 September 2013 at 2:36pm | IP Logged

The Legend of King Mahabali

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Kerala was once ruled by an king (asura) Mahabali. Everybody was happy in the empire and he was highly respected by everyone. Looking at the growing popularity and fame of king Mahabali Gods became insecure and threatened by him. The Gods sought help from Lord Vishnu who was worshiped by the king Mahabali. The king was very generous and charitable so to test him out, Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a dwarf and a poor Brahmin called Vamana. Disguised as Vamana, Lord Vishnu said he was a poor man and asked the king for a piece of land. Vamana wanted as much land as could be covered by his three steps. Just as king Mahabali agreed to grant the land, Vamana began to expand and eventually increased himself to the size of cosmic proportions.

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With his first step Vamana covered the whole of earth and with the other step he covered the whole of the skies. He then asked the king where is the space for him to put his third foot. The king realized that the Brahmin boy was no ordinary boy  and how his third step will destroy the earth hence asked the boy to place his last step on his head. Vamana placed his foot on the head of the king, which pushed him to patala, the nether world. 

Lord Vishnu revealed his true identity seeing the kinds generosity and granted a boon to the king. 

King Mohabali requested Lord Vishnu to be allowed to visit Kerala once in a year as he was very attached to his empire and the people living there. Lord Vishnu granted permission and blessed him 

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 It is the day of the visit of king  Mahabali to Kerala that is celebrated as Onam every year. The festival is celebrated as a tribute to the sacrifice of King Mahabali.

Edited by supercool3 - 15 September 2013 at 8:36pm

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Now that's what you call a true legend! Don't you agree?

And of course such legends should be commemorated each year with nothing short
of royalty !

So how is Onam celebrated?

Well let me tell you, Onam celebrations occur over a time period of 10 days Embarrassed

Each day has its own special meaning and recognizes different things

Day 1 - Atham
The tradition of laying Pookalam (a carpet made out of flowers which is in a similar manner to Rangolis) starts on this day. The size of the design is small on this day as it is just the beginning and only yellow flowers are used. Households also install statues of Mahabali and Vamana at the entrances.

H A P P Y  O N A M. H A P P Y  O N A M. H A P P Y  O N A M 

Day 2 - Chithira
On this day a second layer is added to the pookalam (either orange or a different shade of yellow)

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Day 3 - Chodhi
The size of the pookalam grows even larger as more layers are added with various different flowers. People also start buying new clothes from this day onwards.

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Day 4 - Vishakam
This is probably one of the most important days of Onam. In earlier eras, the markets used to open up for harvest sale, and it's recorded to be one of the most busiest days.

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Day 5 - Anizham
If you love water and racing then this is for you ! On Anizham, the Vallam Kali (Snake Boat) is kick-started in Kerala. A mock version is presented on this day as a rehearsal for the main one that will occur after Onam.

H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M . H A P P Y  O N A M 

Day 6 - Thriketa
And finally the holidays arrive! Schools and public offices are given days off from the 6th day onwards and everyone is all set to meet with their family, relatives and friends. Also, the pookalam would've extensively grown in size with 5-6 flowers having been added.

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Day 7 - Moolam
Many different festivities take place on this day as well as official Government celebrations having started around Kerala. 

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Day 8 - Pooradam
A traditional ritual occurs on this day when small statues of Mahabali and Vamana will be washed and cleaned and taken around the house in a procession. Afterwards it'll be installed in the center of the pookalam. The statue is called "Onathappan" from this day onwards. 

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Day 9 - Uthradom
This is the Onam eve and the celebrations are on full swing. It is also considered  the most auspicious day for purchase of vegetables and fruits for Thiruvonam. This day is also known as the First Onam as it marks the descending of King Mahabali onto Kerala. 

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Day 10 - Thiruvonam
This is the final day of Onam and is also known as Second Onam. As per  the myth, this is when Mahabali was sent to the underworld by Vamana. The day begins early in the morning as people clean their houses, take and early bath, wear new clothes, etc. Special payers and masses are organized by different institutions. The most important activity is the big feast, known as Thiruvona-Sadya. 

Edited by supercool3 - 15 September 2013 at 8:37pm

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Posted: 15 September 2013 at 8:40pm | IP Logged
"Poovili poovili ponnonamayi..
 Nee varu nee varu ponnona thumbi.."

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous Onam.. 
Ellavarkum ente hridayam niranja onashamsakal...

ps : Awesome thread guys...Clap

Edited by Premeer_Diwani - 15 September 2013 at 8:42pm

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Posted: 15 September 2013 at 9:04pm | IP Logged
May the festive of Onam fill your lives with joy and blessings. Happy Onam to everyone

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Posted: 15 September 2013 at 9:10pm | IP Logged
Happy Onam To All of You Hug

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Happy Onam. . . . .

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Happy Onam to all the keralites over here! Smile

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