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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Happy Onam Friends.

Do you want to wish your Kerala friends Happy Onam in Malayalam?
To greet someone in Malayalam, say 'Onam Ashamsakal'. Ashamsakal means happy greetings, it can be used after any holiday- like Christmas Ashamsakal.

Enjoy photos from Onam celebrations over the past three years in Rochester, NY, at our home and among our friends in our local Malayalee association- where we enjoyed a public sadhya (meal) and cultural programs (film song dances, singing, thiruvathira folk dancing, skits, and more)! 


We will be celebrating Onam late this year- at the end of the month along with Navarathri to simplify life a little and because we'll be out on vacation!!

Check my youtube account in the next few weeks for videos on our trip to Utah!!

About Onam:
Onam celebrations start in the Malayalam month of Chingam on Atham nakshatram and culminate on Thiruvonam nakshatram and is observed as Thiruvonam (Day of ONAM), the day it is believed that Mahabali comes to see his praja and rejoice.  The days (nakshatras) of Onam celebrations are Atham, Chitra, Choti, Visakham, Anizham, Trikketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruvonam (Uthradam is observed as Onnam Onam - first Onam, Thiruvonam - ONAM, and the next day i.e. Avittam Nakshatra as Moonam Onam - third onam).
Onam 2008 - Thiruvathira Kali
On all days, starting from Atham, flower arrangements are made on the foreground of the house. Atham is an astrological measure of when
this festival begins. Hence, this festival starts on the Atham Star in the Malayalam month of Chingam, which falls on different dates each year in the Western Calendar, between end of August and beginning of September.

Often times, calendars outside Kerala, and especially US will quote one day only as Onam festival. The day quoted is actually ThiruOnam, not the first day.

 It is only from September 1, 2009 that major Onam celebrations start, days before lead up to these days, preparing celebrations for return of King Mahabali.

Read articles about Onam

An American's Journey to Onam

Onam and Diwali, a Mysterious Connection

Thiruvathirakali Dance Performed for Onam

Thiruvathira - Folk Dance Performed During Onam in Kerala India

About Navarathri:
avarathri is the 9 nights/10 day festival dedicated to forms of the goddess. It is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, some families put up a Golu or dolls display with themed decors like Christmas Nativity scenes. In Kerala, on the last day, Vidyarmbam, they take small kids to the temple to initiate into reading.

Nothing like Navarathri: An American’s Passion and Continuation of Navarathri in US
What Inspires me as an American to celebrate Navarathri in a Tamil way with Kolu and dolls?
Nothing Like Navarathri: Preparing for Festivities
How to create and decorate a golu.
Nothing Like Navarathri: What Is Celebrated During Navarathri
Why I am inspired to put up a golu? Other Navarathri traditions and etiquette.

Virtual Golu - Videos of Dolls Display for Navarathri
See YouTube videos of some inspirational and traditional Tamil kolu padi decor and set-ups.

Saraswathi Puja
Day before last day of Navar
athri. Kids look forward to this day- no studying! All books and learning implements are given respect by resting them and praying to Goddess for sucess in learning. I call this day a
Reading Retreat because by taking a break from reading and studying we refresh ourselves.


Vijaya Dashami
Vijaya Dashami Festival in Mauritius Detail and Images of the Celebrations (Part 1 of 2)
Vijaya Dashami in Mauritius - Stories and Legends (Part 2 of 2)

Vidhyarmbam: Conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala
Conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala- intiating small children into reading and writing.


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