Onam, the annual festival celebrated by the South Indian state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects, falls on 28 August 2015. It also marks the final day of the 10-day-long harvest festival in Kerala. However, for Keralites in Qatar the festivities last for at least two months with the endless list of events lined up by various Indian associations.
Was the vegetable section at your supermarket very busy this week? It is the expatriates getting everything ready for the grand feast this weekend!
Thiruvonam, the tenth day of the festival (28 August), is celebrated with Onam Sadya, a lunch feast of 25-28 dishes served on plantain leaf. The interesting part of the Onam celebrations for an expatriate is that he gets more than one occasion to dress up in the traditional Kerala wear, prepare a flower carpet and savour the delicious sadya.
If you have a Keralite co-worker or friend, don’t forget to wish ‘Happy Onam’. Say ‘Onashamsagal’, if you want to do it the traditional way.
Team Marhaba wishes a very happy and prosperous Onam!
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