Jamshedpur, Sep. 3: Onam is celebrated with much fanfare not only in Kerala but by Malayalees across the world.
Amidst the bright colours and the splendid décor, the Malayalee community of the city celebrated Onam festival in their own inimitable style and fanfare on Sunday.
The premise of Kerala Samajam was abuzz with activities as men and women dressed in the traditional ‘mundu’ and ‘mundum veshti’ (white outfits) joined the celebrations and enjoyed traditional food.
Those who were unable to rush to their native hamlets and ancestral homes to celebrate Onam used the occasion an opportunity to celebrate the festival.
The Kerala Samajam however will organise cultural programmes with well-known artists of Kerala as community members and children will be able to gather about tradition.
The morning celebrations began with pookala mastaram (flower rangolis), as ladies draped in traditional Kanjeevaram saris decorated the floors with patterns made of flowers.
From a nine-course feast called Onasadya to festivities called Onakalikal, Onam is the most important annual festival for Malayalis.
People begin the day with an early bath, followed by prayers, and then go on to create Pookalams. New clothes are worn, and families gather to enjoy an elaborate vegetarian feast.
Onam without the taste of exquisite cuisine and the Sunday afternoon feast was the cynosure for all Malayalis.
The Onam feast was mouth-watering fare comprising several delicacies like various curries including Sambaar and Rasam, followed by Aviyal (mix of vegetables), Kuruk Kaalan (based on Curd), Toran (green vegetables along with coconut) accompanied by a variety of pickles and wafers, served on plantain leaves.
Senior Superintendent of Police Anoop T Mathew along with his family attended the celebration at Kerala Samajam along with other distinguished guests.