Onam Festival by Deepika, age 12 from Pune, India
Onam Festival by Deepika, age 12 from Pune, India

The Onam Festival is a traditional Hindu ten day harvest festivalcelebrated by the people of Kerala, in southern India. It’s a festival rich in culture and heritage. It commemorates the Vamanaavatar of Vishnu and the homecoming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali.

It falls during the month ofChingam (August–September) and lasts for ten days.

The festival is marked by various festivities, including intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunches, and snake boat races known as vallamkali.

The young artist describes her work, Onam is celebrated for 10 days.  All the 10 days, there is a rangoli (a carpet) made out of fresh flowers in front of the house.  The last 3 days there is a big feast which is placed on banana leaves.  Ladies perform a traditional dance named “Kai Kotti Kali.”  It is the tradition of the people of Kerala to have a boat race on Onam.  Many people watch it.”

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