Malayalee community is ready and excited to celebrate its signature festival of Onam Today, after an interval of one year. The festival is celebrated to honour the annual homecoming of the philanthropic Mythical demon king Bali who was ostracized from his land by Lord Vishnu in Vamana avatar.
Onam is an annual Harvest festival in the state of Kerala in India it 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.
Navi Mumbaikar are also celebrating onam with great zeal and enthusiasm. Many public places like railway stations and Mall are being decorated with floral carpet at their entrance. House are decorated and families are preparing mouth-watering cuisines.
The celebrations mark the Malayalam New Year which is spread over ten days. People enjoy the traditional Onam feast (sadhya) after worshipping which reflects the spirit of the season. The famously floral carpet, known as Onapookkalam or just Pookkalam is a work of religious art which is being made particularly at entrances.
Onam is also celebrated worldwide. Celebrations are most notable in the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and USA. Onam is relevant reflection of how good governance is the aspiration of all citizens, irrespective of caste and religion.