Saturday, August 29, 2009


Kerala is getting ready for Onam festival. Onam is one of the most popular festival in Kerala because all people irrespective of caste, creed and religion celebrate it. This festival is in memory of the legendary King Mahabali who ruled this land. Under his benevolent rule people were extremely happy. There was no poverty, hunger, sickness, robbery, misery, suffering, murder, homelessness etc. People of Kerala fondly remember the wonderful king and long for his rule to come back. But then as we all know this is an impossible wish.(Please click on the photos for a large, lovely v iew.)

The government, industry, and private institutions have already disbursed bonus to the employees for celebrating Onam. The poeple are in a mood to splurge money. They are not worried about swine flu and recession. Most of the money will be spent on textiles, jewelry, consumer goods and food items. Shops have offered substantial discounts. Almost 70 percent of the yearly sales will be made in one week. There are exhibitions, trade fairs, entertainment programs , circus and many new movies will be released during this time.

Wish you all a very happy Onam. King Mahabali will visit your houses and bless you and your family with all happiness, health, success and prosperity.


Anonymous said...

lovely pics... Have a great time during the celebrations of Onam!

tuti said...

what a wonderful king he was indeed! many rulers should emulute King Mahabali.
wish you a great Onam, Joseph!

SkyJuice said...

Hi Joseph,

Happy Onam and have a fantastic time! :-)


Leo said...

Happy Onam!! Look forward to more pics!

Amrita said...

I have heard about Onam but never knew why it was celebrated.
This king Mahabali...was he a historiacal or mythological figure?

We will have our Dushshera on Sept 28th. Goddess Kali orDurga is worshiped during this time. Already each Sunday evening stating last week there is a street fair, carnival and religious procession in a different part of town, which means extra electricity cut for us, as they extra power to that part of town.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Amrita:)

Probably this is mythological king.

We had power cut till recently. However, with the onset of the monsoon the power cut has been lifted.

All the best Amrita:)

Celeste Maia said...

Happy Onam to everybody. I wish King Mahabali would come visit my house! I was in Kerala in November 2006 and I absolutely loved your part of the world.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Celeste:)

It looks like you are a widely traveled person. I am so glad you have been to Kerala and you like this place. We call this place--GOD'S OWN COUNTRY.

Hope you will come here again and we can meet.

Best wishes:)

Celeste Maia said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it.
When your son next comes to Madrid, please let me know so I will give you my address and phone number and he is invited to our house. And anything we can do to help him there.
The statue you saw in the photograph is Parvati, bought by my husband in northern Sri Lanka. These things became available for a short time because of a truce in the civil war.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Celeste:)

You are very kind and generous. I will surely keep your kindness in mind and tell my son about it when he next comes to Madrid.

God bless you and your family:)

babYpose said...

You were at my blog! left me a happy person with a smile, thank you so much.

Onam is here, and you were there to celebrate near or from far and share it with us. It's a colourful and beautiful celebrations. Have a good one!

Margie said...

Hello Joseph
Wishing you & yours a very happy Onam!
Thank you for your visit to my blog.
Your very kind comment was much appreciated!


Deepika said...

colourful pictures :)

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Indeed so much to Celebrate! As I read what was, "There was no poverty, hunger, sickness, robbery, misery, suffering, murder, homelessness..." my prayers for the awakening anew and blessings to all. Thank you Dear

Rajesh said...

Lovely snaps. Wish you happy Onam.

A Write Blog said...

Never heard of 'Onam' so I googled it. Quite fascinating and thank you for highlighting it.

I love the flower petal designs.

Merle said...

Hi Joseph ~~Thank you for your comments about the pictures of my brother and myself. So long ago, the
children one - so many memories.
I am glad there is no racism in India
but I believe the caste system is
just as bad. So much discrimination
when we all should be equal.
We should treat everyone the way we want to be treated. Glad you enjoyed the jokes. Take care, Regards, Merle.

Jeannie said...

Hi Joseph - thanks for stopping by!

Happy Onam! It looks like a beautiful celebration. I love the flower carpet.

Continuing our "nice" discussion - I think nice goes beyond being simply polite or respectful although that is certainly an element of it - those people that I would consider to be "nicer" than others are somehow more - they remember what is going on in your life: birthdays and other celebrations, illnesses, concerns and they care or are there to help you out when you haven't even asked. And they forgive you when you mess up.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Great pictures! Now I must visit India!

Mark in Spokane said...

Fascinating. Thank you for posting on the festival and for providing such amazing photographs. It is always an education when I visit your blog, Joseph. Amazing stuff here!