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When is Onam?what is the speciality?

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Asked by Judy Pawar, 02 Sep '09 11:54 am
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The harvest festival of Kerala, Onam will be celebrated next week (2nd Sept.09) and preparations have already begun all around the world. Legend says that it is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam which also marks the beginning of the Malayalam calendar. In Kerala, the carnival can last for anything from four to ten days. Locally that is not the case, one day seems adequate enough. On Onam, people wake us as early as 4 am and the day begins with getting their home ready. Elaborate prayers are recited and special pujas are performed by the senior family member. Lamps are lit up in front of the idols and all members of the house join in for the prayers. Since the festival is that of a harvest celebration, prayers are offered that the harvest in the coming year will be just as bountiful. After this many families opt to visit a nearby temple. Dressing up in traditional finery also plays an important role and often new clothes are gi ...more
Answered by John Mascarenhas, 12 Sep '09 09:48 pm

 
  
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The Boat Race is its speciality. When it is celebrated a keralian can tell.
Answered by ajay, 02 Sep '09 12:18 pm

 
  
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