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Onam 2011 - A South Indian Festival

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  • Sat 10 Sep ’11, 5:30pm – 8:00pm


Bharat Bhavan, 48 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Family (admit 4): $40.00
  • Single: $15.00

Onam is the biggest festival in the South Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of Malayalee calendar which is Chingam (August–September). The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races and the kaikottukali dance all play a part in the festival. Onam is a secular festival and close to heart of all Malayalees, and celebrated with equal fervour in all parts of Kerala.

This year's Wellington Onam celebrations are organized by the Wellington Malayalee Association (WMA). It will be celebrated in a traditional Kerala style, with traditional feast in vazhayila (banana leaf) and with many cultural programs. The event will be the biggest celebration that the Wellington Malayalee Community has ever hosted.

Onasadya (traditional Onam feast):

This is usually a feast served on banana leaves and serves rice along with an array of at least 4 dishes. Traditional pickles and papadam are also served. Dessert is usually 'payasam', a sweet dish made of milk, sugar and other traditional Indian savouries. It is considered to be the most elaborate and grand meal prepared by any civilisation or culture in the world. It's a feast which if enjoyed once is relished for years.

The food has to be served on a tender banana leaf, laid with the end to the left. The meal is traditionally served on a mat laid on the floor. A strict order of serving the dishes one after the another is obeyed. Besides, there are clear directions as to what will be served in which part of the banana leaf.

For bookings please contact: Dr Alex Thomas (President) - 0220304084, Jose J Vattoth (Secretary) - 0210726201.

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