Kerala State Festival

  • A happy, healthy and shavarmafree Onam August 31, 2012

    From time immemorial, come rain or sunshine, I, Mahabali, have been regularly visiting Kerala all these umpteen years without fail. Suppose I happen to miss a single visit, utter chaos will prevail.The Government will declare, No Mahabali, No Onam, No Bonus. My effigy would be burnt in every nook and...
  • Onam celebrations: Kerala governor's greetings August 28, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor HR Bhardwaj has greeted Malayalees the world over during Onam, the biggest festival of the state. "Onam thrives on the golden memories of a glorious past when everyone enjoyed plenty in an endearing ambience of equity," Bhardwaj said in a message. Onam also evoked the hopes and aspirations of...
  • Onam eve sees rocketing flower prices August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of Kerala's biggest festival Onam, prices of flowers have shot up as making floral carpets is the most striking feature of the harvest festival. Kerala depends largely on neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu for flowers such as gomphrena ('Vadamalli' in local parlance), crossandra (Kanakambaram), marigold (jamanthi), chrysanthemum...
  • Onam mood grips old age homes as well August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: As Onam is around the corner in all its pomp and fanfare in every nook and cranny in Kerala, it is also an occasion for scores of elderly women and men in old age homes to look back at the good old days they spent with their near and...
  • Onam: the legend behind Kerala's state festival August 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Onam or Thiruonam, usually held in August and September for 10 days, originated in Kerala as a celebration to remember the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king who ruled over Kerala. The legend holds that jealous of King Mahabali's popularity and his power, the Gods conspired...