Onam adds new colours and fresh messages every time
Can even a single Keralite keep himself away from the true colours and shades of Onam? Never! If so he is not a ‘Malayali’. Now Keralites are residing in each and every corner of the world either it’s a gulf country or any European region. But when dawn breaks with Thiruvonam star of Chingam month he can’t keep himself away from at least a few colourful thoughts of his childhood days where he used to join hand in hand with his friends to collect flowers for pookkalam or enjoy himself in some Onam plays. Even if he has lost the real perfume of those wonderful days he hadn’t forget to tell all those things to his kids. So even after generations Onam stays fresh though it has added a few new colours. What does it indicate? Even if we go far away from motherland some colours and fragrance stay alive even if they may be sleeping in some corridors of heart.
In the lovely spring season when the state capital decorates herself it appears as if heaven has come to earth. For cultural capital, it’s tigers’ Onam. For Kuttanad and villages with lakes, it’s the season of boat races. Everyone needs a reason to celebrate by their own means. Though celebrations associated with Onam is different for different places, attams/pookkalams (floral decorations) and Kerala vegetarian feast served in banana leaves are common for all and they exhibit Kerala culture to perfection. Thus even after centuries Onam will keep adding new flavours and give new messages of integrity and happiness to everyone.Read more about pookalams, kaduvakali and kummatti kali of the season.