Celebrate Onam with Kalpa Restaurant
Onasadya – 1st to 10th September 2017
When & How to celebrate Onam
Onam is a traditional ten day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It’s a festival rich in culture and heritage.
When is Onam celebrated?
Onam celebrations at Kalpa commence from 1st September 2017. Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). In 2017, the most important day of Onam (known as Thiru Onam) is on September 4.
There are actually four days of Onam. First Onam will be on September 3, the day before Thiru Onam, while fourth Onam will be on September 6. Kalpa Onam festivities continue throughout these days from 1st to the 10th of September 2017.
Kerala and Onam
Onam celebrations started in the state of Kerala, in southern India. It’s the biggest festival of the year for many Keralites around the world. Many spectacular celebrations are arranaged by Malayalee populations across the world.
Legend has it that Thrikkakara (also known as Thrikkakara Temple), located around 15 kilometers northeast of Ernakulam near Kochi, India was the abode of good demon King Mahabali, who was popular and generous. His reign was considered to be the golden era of Kerala.
However, the gods grew concerned about the King’s power and popularity. As a result, Lord Vamana is said to have sent King Mahabali to the underworld with his foot, and the temple is located at the spot where this happened. The King asked to return to Kerala once a year to ensure that his people were still happy, well fed, and content. Lord Vamana granted this wish, and King Mahabali comes to visit his people and his land during Onam.
How is Onam celebrated?
People strikingly decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns (pookalam) to welcome the King. The festival is also celebrated with new clothes, feasts served on banana leaves, dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races.
What rituals are performed?
Each day has its own ceremonial significance, during Onam. A lot of cooking takes place during Onam, with the highlight being a grand feast called Onasadya. The cuisine is elaborate and varied. Try it for yourself at Kalpa restaurant, which have made ready very many specials for the occasion. Book your table online today!
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