Onam

 
Happy Onam to my Indian  Friends
 
The following song is often sung over Onam: (Translation)

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

Onappottan, in traditional costume is a custom in northern parts of Kerala. Onappottan visists houses during the onam and gives blessings. Off late onappottan has become a rare sight, confined to villages.

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7 Responses to Onam

  1. Michiko's says:

    These happy songs, Is that todays in the India? it was surprise to hear about India that only I ‘ve seen the news paper is totally defferent story though but this is a beautiful songs. Do you know everytime I heard Belgium on TV then I thinking about you Sweeti san.I guess you are working now at office? 2100 in here.Love Michiko

  2. Ajay Kumar says:

    Sweeti sweeti sweeti :)Thanks for the sweet translation.India is a land of festivals. Though onam is limited kerala, it brings out the best of the state.Pl read Maveli as Mahabali.

  3. sillygloop says:

    Being a harvest festival, it has a lot of traditional customs at its core. Modernity has not changed much the way it’s celebrated and offices see decorations and celebrations to keep its spirit alive, even when folks have to work. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=onam&FORM=BILH# has some nice images associated with Onam – floral arrangements, traditional dances, dresses, the traditional meal called Onam Sadya, and of course, the snakeboat races – http://www.bing.com/search?q=onam+boat+race&form=QBRE&filt=all&qs=n

  4. sillygloop says:

    You sure can watch those races – here are some videos of that – http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kerala+snake+boat+race&form=QBVR&qs=n# Those races are held in Kerala, while I’m in Bangalore, at work 😦 Have a great weekend

  5. Ruma says:

    How sweet of you to think of this topic! Very few Indians are aware of this very important festival in the state of Kerala, and I give you full marks for being so aware, living so many miles away in a foreign land.This goes to further prove that you will never fall short of friends, from around the globe!Have a wonderful week ahead!

  6. Trouble says:

    nice of you to write about Onam! and i like the colors you’ve used here. :)so how’ve you been? i’d almost disappeared from spaces, courtesy my laziness 😀 but then, it’s hard to stay away! 🙂

  7. Antonio Miguel says:

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