Devotees in Kerala offer prayers on the occasion of Onam festival

    31-Aug-2020
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In Kochi district of Kerala, devotees offered prayers at the Vamanamoorthy and Shiva Temples following social distancing measures in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic.
 
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Onam is an annualfestival celebrated mainly in Kerala. It is a harvest festival. Date of Onam is based on the Hindu Panchangam and falls on the 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam in the month Chingam of Malayalam calendar, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September. 
 
 
Onam celebrations include Vallam Kali (boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower Rangoli), Onathappan (worship), Onam Kali, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal (women's dance), Kummattikali (mask dance), Onathallu (martial arts), Onavillu (music), Kazhchakkula (plantain offerings), Onapottan (costumes), Atthachamayam (folk songs and dance), and other celebrations. It is the New Year day for Malayalis.
 
Those Malayalam Hindus converted to other religion also took active participation in Onam celebrations considering it as a cultural festival. Onam is an ancient Hindu festival of Kerala that celebrates rice harvest. The worldwide Malayali diaspora also celebrates Onam.
 
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