Floral rangoli, pooja rituals and various social cultural programmes marked the Onam celebrations in the city.
People celebrating the harvest festival offered prayers, participated in dances and drew flower rangolis called pookkalam outside their homes. With this, people also participated in fun activities like Vallam Kali (boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Onathappan (worship), Onam Kali (Tug of War), Thumbi Thullal (women’s dance), Kummattikali (mask dance), Onathallu (martial arts) among others.
A traditional grand feast called ‘Onam sadya’ that consists of a variety of local dishes such as rice, sambar, rasam, Parippu payasam, etc, were served on banana leaves. People relished the delicious meal. Dr S A Pillai from Khajuri Kalan Krishna Samiti said that Onam is a time to celebrate and to revive Kerala’s traditional art forms. The harvest festival of Onam is celebrated across India and the world by Keralites.
The festival falls on the 22nd nakshatra Thiruvonam, in the Malayali calendar month of Chingam, and marks the beginning of the Malayalam calendar which is called Kolla Varsham. The festival usually falls in the months of September, and is spread over ten days.
The festival kicks off on the day known as Atham, and culminates on the tenth day, known as Thiru Onam or Thiruvonam, which is the most auspicious day during Onam. Floral Rangoli which is also known as pookalam is one of the main ritual done by Malayalee community members.