COVID robs sheen off Onam, however Keralites rejoice pageant with gaiety


Amidst persevering with considerations of elevated COVID-19 instances and excessive Check Positivity Fee (TPR), Keralites on Saturday celebrated a low-key Thiru Onam, avoiding the same old mass festivities, however with out dropping the normal gaiety and pomp.

It’s for the second consecutive 12 months that the pandemic has taken the sheen out of the most important pageant of the southern state and compelled the folks to rejoice it indoor. In reality, Onam was affected since 2018 when the state witnessed the flood of the century in August that 12 months. The state had witnessed comparable pure disasters together with landslide through the Onam season in 2019 additionally.

Although excessive voltage festivities have been lacking, homes have been as common adorned with lovely “pookkalam”, the floral carpets and luxurious ‘sadhya’ was ready by homemakers on the Thiruvonam day at this time to mark the homecoming of righteous king Mahabali.

The follow of elders gifting ‘onakkodi’ (new costume) to different relations, preparation of tongue-tickling banana chips and placing up Oonjal (excessive swings) within the courtyards additionally continued with none fail, particularly in villages.

Nevertheless, majority of individuals averted mass household gatherings and visits to the homes of associates and kinfolk contemplating the well being division directives.

The show of conventional artwork kinds and video games, which was a vibrant a part of the Onam festivities, have been lacking this 12 months additionally.

Although main motels have ready Onam feast with an array of conventional delicacies promising dwelling supply, the variety of takers have been usually much less, business sources mentioned.

The Atham pageant, which heralds the beginning of the 10-day Onam festivities, was additionally held within the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An array of dignitaries together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanaka Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished folks of the state pleased Onam.

“Finest needs on the special day of Onam, a pageant related to positivity, vibrancy, brotherhood and concord. I pray for everybody’s good well being and wellbeing,” Modi tweeted.