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Keralites celebrate Onam with Great Fervor across the Gulf

People celebrating Onam in traditional way

Keralites settled in the Gulf countries celebrated Onam, the harvest festival of South India with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor. The expatriates took part in preparing the Onam special meal, Onam Sadya, which consists of 20 to 30 dishes served on banana leaves along with variety of vegetables, payasam, rice and banana.

Onam pookalam decorationm

According to Gopa Kumar, who is one of those many Keralites working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), “We do miss colourful celebrations with a lot of activities back home.” He further stated that, “But at the same time this occasion reminds us the advantages of life in the UAE.”

On the occasion of Onam, his mother-in-law and wife woke up early in the morning to prepare the special dish of Onam Sadya for the family including two school-going kids. Kumar further said, “Being a working day, we prepared the Onam Sadya before leaving for work and came back in the afternoon to enjoy the feast together.”

Beautiful pookalam at Onam

For Onam celebrations in Saudi Arabia, the Indian schools and Indian embassy observed a holiday while the restaurants and hotels run by the Keralites prepared Onam Sadya as their Onam special dish. Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam are the places in Saudi Arabia where maximum number of Keralites live. The hotels here welcomed large number of people for the special festival feast.

People celebrating Onam in traditional way

Balakrishna Pillai, who works as a design engineer in Saudi Arabia said that, “Being a Keralite I have to celebrate our national harvest festival wherever I am living.” On the other hand, in Oman, various catering establishments and hotels did a great business, however most of them faced difficulties in meeting the orders for Onam Sadya, reported the Times of Oman.

According to a hotelier in Ruwi, “By 11.30 a.m. itself, we stopped taking further orders for takeaways because we knew we would be unable to meet the demand.”

Onam Special: AIR to air Special Onam Programs

RJ with a guest in a radio studio

For celebrating Onam, All India Radio (AIR) will air variety of programs commencing on September 15. A wide array of musical and other programs will be presented at all the seven stations. The starting of Onam specials will be with Sambashivan’s composition of a Kathaprasangam. ‘Onapperumayude Deshathanima’ will be aired following it on the same day. The slot of the day is divided as: ‘Madhuram Deeptham’ at 11.30 am, ‘Kunchacko Boban’s musical program ‘Avani Ponnonjal ’ at 1 pm, a melodious sound track called ‘Diamond Necklace’ at 3.30 pm, at 6.50 pm a special program on the harvest season followed by a radio drama ‘Othello’ at 9.30 pm.

View of a radio station

On the day of Onam, ‘Onappattukal’ will be aired at 9.30 am followed by a musical program ‘Enagngalude Onappookkooda’ featuring composers, lyricists and singers at 10.30 am. Thereafter, AIR will air a musical feature by G Sreeram ‘Onam Veendum’ at 11.30 pm, ‘Avaniponnonjal’ presented by Mohanlal at 1 pm followed by an excellent sound track of ‘Oru Marubhoomi Katha’ at 3.30 pm and a satire ‘Onamano Sakhave’ at 4.30 pm. On the eve of Onam, ‘Ormayude Onamuttathu Orithiri Neram’ will be aired at 6.50 pm, at 7.35 pm ‘Onathumbiyum Poonilavum Pattukalum’ and ‘Kaviyarangu’ featuring Sugathakumari, ONV Kurup, Vijayalakshmi, Kuripuzha Sreekumar, Balachandran Chullikkad, Murugan Kattakada, P K Gopi, Rafeeq Ahmed and Karivalloor Murali will be aired.

Beautiful Onam rangoli

A light musical program, ‘Ghanashyama Sandhyahridayam’ at 10.30 am will start the Onam special series on September 17. Thereafter, composer M Jayachandran will present ‘Ratrimazhayude Sangeetham’ at 1 pm. At 3.30 pm, a sound track of ‘Usthad Hotel’, at 4.30 pm ‘Avanichintu’, at 6.50 pm ‘Akhoshangalile Koottaymayaum Kudumba Bhadrathayum’ and Poojappura central prison’s inmates will present Onam programs at 9.30 pm.

RJ with a guest in a radio studio

On September 18, Actor Vineeth will be presenting ‘Nadanam Vineetham’ at 9.30 am, a light musical program ‘Sravana geetham’ at 10.30 am followed by a skit Nattukavalayile Veettukaryangal’ that will be aired at 11.30 am. At 1 pm Dulquar Salman will present ‘Aavani Ponnoonjal’, after which a sound track of ‘Indian Rupee’ will be aired at 3.30 pm. ‘Marathukali Poorakkali’ will be aired at 4.30 pm and thereafter listeners can hear the documentary called ‘Tengum Acharanushtanangalum’ at 6.50 pm and at the end of this Onam special series ‘Kathakali Padangal’ will be aired at 9.30 pm.

Onam Offers from Southern Railways: Special Trains for Mangalore-Nagercoil Route

A train in India

It seems like Onam has brought a lot of special gifts and offers for people in this festive season! Now, the Southern railways have announced to run special trains for Onam from the Mangalore Junction to Nagercoil on September 13 and 14.

Mangalore-Nagercoil Route

According to a press statement released by the Palakkad division of the Southern Railways, Nagercoil – Mangalore Junction special, train no. 06306 will depart from Nagercoil at 9.05 pm on 13th September and will arrive at the Mangalore Junction, next day at 12.30 pm.

On the other hand, for the return travel, Mangalore Junction – Nagercoil special with train no. 06305 will leave from Mangalore Junction on September 14 at 1.35 pm and the next day it will reach Nagercoil at 4.45 am.

A view of an Indian Railway platform

These Onam special trains will consist of one AC 3-tier, six general second class, six general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Further, Eraniel, Kulitturai, Mavelikara, Chengannur, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Kuttipuram, Tirur, Kollam, Kayankulam, Kozhikkode, Kannur, Thalassery, Payyanur, Kasaragod, Shoranur Junction, Neyyatinkara, Vadakara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kanhangad and Tiruvalla will be the stops for these Onam special trains.

Flowers to Cost More at this Onam as the Output Falls

Onam preparations at peak

Malayalis are known to lay out the beautiful multi-cultural carpets designed intricately during the Onam celebrations. It is estimated that the flower supply for this 10-day of festivities may be affected owing to the high prices of the flowers as there will be a production fall in the drought affected farms of Tamil Nadu. The rains will play an integral role in the proper supply of flowers in this Onam 2013.

Onam  preparations at peak

Variety of colorful flowers such as vadamalli (bachelor button flower), marigolds, jasmines, tuberose and roses are usually brought to Kerala from Tamil Nadu for Onam 2013. Kanyakumari’s Thovalai flower market is famed as one of the biggest flower markets in the state and it used to move approximately 20 tonnes of flowers each day on the eve of Onam and 5,000 Kerala traders flock to this market. It receives flowers from all corners of the state including Hosur and Sathyamangalam in North Tamil Nadu along with 50 plus villages located near the market. However, the farmers are pinning all their hopes on the rains that favor the growth of flowers.

Traditional way of celebrating Onam

P Durairaj, a flower farmer hailing from Leppaikudiyiruppu in Tamil Nadu stated, “The flower cultivation turned out to be a tough ordeal this year without water. Many of us raised flowers with minimum water from wells but even they dried out at one point. Many farmers have not raised the flower crops this year; hence the flower supply will be less for Onam.”

As per A. Karunanidhi, a flower merchant in Thovalai the less supply of flowers this year would raise the prices. He further added, “It is evident that the supply will be less this year, thus pulling up the prices. But it all depends on the last few days ahead of Onam.”

Colorful flowers for Onam celebrations

With all their hopes on rains in the coming 15 days, the framer explained, “The rains are going to be crucial in the coming days. Good rains will produce quality flowers and improve the supply, but the situation is dicey as heavy rains may spoil the harvest.”

Nilakottai and nearby villages in Dindigul district also supply flowers to Kerala besides Thovalai. Madurai flower market that once dominated the flower supply share has now lost it to Thovalai.