Final Onam Post- The Celebration #myfriendalexa #scrutiny

In the previous posts you saw what are the preparations we do on the penultimate day. Today is all about Tiruvonam. It is rightly done in extended families as the welcoming ceremony needs three women and a few men. Why? We’ll see. Apparently I was the representative of three women and the few men as we didn’t have anyone else to do these and my husband was traveling and reached back on the Tiruvonam morning. Needless to say I threw a fit on this. Lol

So we have arranged everything for the welcoming ceremony. Early morning by 4 everyone wakes up and takes shower. In older days people wear damp clothes while doing the ceremony. A woman would walk in the front holding a Kerala style pitcher named ‘Kindi‘ and pouring the water which symbolises washing the feet as well as path way for Mahabali. The second woman would do poojas on the Onathappan- applies sandalwood paste and puts Thumba flowers to make a pathway analogous to the red carpet we see these days.

Third woman would keep an Ada in the front and lights a lamp by keeping a lighted thread immersed in oil on top of it. This will accompanied with the cheering by the men – Aarpooooooo irrrrrro irrrrrro irrrrrro- which is analogous to Hip Hip Hurray.

Since I was alone I couldn’t take the video and also I had to skip the Kindi step and a few other steps in the Pooja like the sandalwood paste and lighting the lamp.

Pics were taken after we had daylight. Also I missed keeping the plantain leaf under Onathappan. A friend of mine pointed this out.

While doing all these, the rice batter will be poured on top of the Onathappan and finally your hands immersed in the rice batter would be placed on the door which symbolises opening the door for the Asura king.

Now the preparations for the Sadya starts. Onam is incomplete without the Sadya. Several varieties of Kerala style dishes would be there. In Central Kerala and Southern Kerala, sadya is purely vegetarian. But when we go to Northern Kerala non-vegetarian dishes are a must. The new generation Sadya has the instant one bought from the catering centres but for us we made th Sadya ourselves at home and hence the dishes were simple and less in number but we had the satisfaction of having the homemade food.

Before having Sadya we keep a plantain leave in front of a lighted lamp and keeps all the dishes including rice and the Payasam aka Kheer which is a sweet rice porridge in milk or melted jaggery. Some people make it using different ingredients like wheat, banana etc.

Our Sadya has pickles, chips, Aviyal, Thoran, Erisssery, Kaalan, Pachadi, Sambar, Parippu along with Rice, Payasam and Pappadam.

After the Sadya we usually have games, kaikottikali, pulikali etc but ours was comparatively a silent one. This marks the end of the Onam series. Thanks for following the series.

61 Comments

  1. I have yet to taste Sadya.I need to visit Kerala during Onam for a look into.whst goes into the festivities and food.

  2. I have yet to taste Sadya.I need to visit Kerala during Onam for a look into.whst goes into the festivities and food.

  3. Wow that’s really beautiful to see festivals celebration with all traditional and ways…I really like the traditional meal .

  4. Wow that’s really beautiful to see festivals celebration with all traditional and ways…I really like the traditional meal .

    1. Do come to Kerala next time

  5. That’s a delightful post. I have been invited for Onam celebration a couple of times and each time it has been a treat both to the eyes (floral rangoli) and to the mouth. Thanks for sharing this. #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

    1. Happy to know that you liked it

  6. That’s a delightful post. I have been invited for Onam celebration a couple of times and each time it has been a treat both to the eyes (floral rangoli) and to the mouth. Thanks for sharing this. #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

    1. Happy to know that you liked it

  7. Good to see that you celebrate Onam with full religious spirit .

    1. I loved all your posts on Onam. Looking forward to reading some more.

  8. i had not know much about Onam, but with your series now I am well aware of this festival

    1. Happy to know that my post was helpful

  9. i had not know much about Onam, but with your series now I am well aware of this festival

    1. Happy to know that my post was helpful

  10. I enjoyed reading the series on Onam. I hope to visit Kerala during the festival next time so that I can enjoy the festivities first hand.

  11. I enjoyed reading the series on Onam. I hope to visit Kerala during the festival next time so that I can enjoy the festivities first hand.

  12. Being away from home, I miss out on Onam festivities…but your post brought back so many memories especially of the sadya.

  13. Being away from home, I miss out on Onam festivities…but your post brought back so many memories especially of the sadya.

  14. This was really new to me πŸ™‚ Like I said for the earlier post, miss those old days where we had food at my dad’s friend for Onam.
    #MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads @blogchatter

  15. This was really new to me πŸ™‚ Like I said for the earlier post, miss those old days where we had food at my dad’s friend for Onam.
    #MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads @blogchatter

  16. Wow…u have made so much effort for a traditional Onam. It is heartening to watch in these days when rituals are sidelined. All the best. #wordsmithkaurreads #MyFriendAlexa #BlogChatter

  17. Wow…u have made so much effort for a traditional Onam. It is heartening to watch in these days when rituals are sidelined. All the best. #wordsmithkaurreads #MyFriendAlexa #BlogChatter

  18. This post is a visual treat! I am dying to tuck into that yummy meal. I hope you had a lovely Onam!

  19. This post is a visual treat! I am dying to tuck into that yummy meal. I hope you had a lovely Onam!

  20. Oh, how I missed this grand celebration πŸ™‚ The whole thing looks fabulous.

  21. Oh, how I missed this grand celebration πŸ™‚ The whole thing looks fabulous.

  22. Wow while reading it seemed to me like I am participating in the Onam festival..beautifully described..:)

  23. Wow while reading it seemed to me like I am participating in the Onam festival..beautifully described..:)

  24. I have enjoyed your posts on Onam. what a lovely and colorful festival is this. #MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

  25. I have enjoyed your posts on Onam. what a lovely and colorful festival is this. #MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

  26. So beautiful to see the flowers arranged in such wonderful patterns. Eating on a banana leaf adds to the taste. I love payasam

  27. So beautiful to see the flowers arranged in such wonderful patterns. Eating on a banana leaf adds to the taste. I love payasam

  28. The series was new information for me and I felt as being a part of the Onam celebrations. Thanks for the virtual festivities. πŸ™‚

  29. The series was new information for me and I felt as being a part of the Onam celebrations. Thanks for the virtual festivities. πŸ™‚

  30. It looks fabulous,real festival tour πŸ™‚

  31. It looks fabulous,real festival tour πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. Happy that you liked it.

  32. Lovely written post .wanna visit Kerala soon..❀️❀️🌿😊

  33. Lovely written post .wanna visit Kerala soon..❀️❀️🌿😊

  34. Such an insightful post my dear . Got to know so many things about Onam. Next year I wish to visit you and observe and celebrate this festival with you

  35. Such an insightful post my dear . Got to know so many things about Onam. Next year I wish to visit you and observe and celebrate this festival with you

  36. It’s nice to read. I just read your previous post and now this one on Onam. Thanks for sharing these posts. Hapoy onam once againπŸ‘πŸ‘

  37. It’s nice to read. I just read your previous post and now this one on Onam. Thanks for sharing these posts. Hapoy onam once againπŸ‘πŸ‘

  38. Love learning about your culture! Happy Onam!

  39. Love learning about your culture! Happy Onam!

  40. Wow, I have never attended Onam festival. I need to visit Kerla during this time . The food platter looks very tempting.

  41. Wow, I have never attended Onam festival. I need to visit Kerla during this time . The food platter looks very tempting.

  42. Wowww I really loved it. I didn’t know about onam bec I am Gujarati πŸ˜„ . Now I know and reading to like it. The food is deliciousπŸ˜‹. Thanks for sharing 😊

  43. Wowww I really loved it. I didn’t know about onam bec I am Gujarati πŸ˜„ . Now I know and reading to like it. The food is deliciousπŸ˜‹. Thanks for sharing 😊

  44. I want to visit Kerala during Onam..When this pandemic will over , this will be in my list for sure… Thank you Rakhi, for introducing festival with all details information. I will definitely be there.

  45. I want to visit Kerala during Onam..When this pandemic will over , this will be in my list for sure… Thank you Rakhi, for introducing festival with all details information. I will definitely be there.

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