For those looking forward to yet another technical blog, I have something even more attractive. This time, the article encompasses culture and tradition. The very Culture and tradition that gives Kerala the name ”God’s Own Country”. Kerala gets the name not just for it’s natural beauty, that rushes to the mind of each tourist who visits the state. Indeed Kerala is unique and special, as it has a blend of great natural beauty around its beaches, backwaters, forests, rivers and of course a mountainous belt of western ghats.
Kerala has a long tradition of religious harmony in spite of being a highly politicized region. The state where we have 100% literacy rates, where women enjoy the highest social status. Thanks to the coastline that brought in trade along with varied foreign influences in our tradition; helping in shaping our culture, and nurturing art forms like Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Thaayambaka and Vallamkali(snake-boat race).
This week, Keralites celebrated “Onam” the spring festival commemorating the reign of mythical King Mahabali during which people lived in plenty, prosperity and equality.
The legend has it that the 'Asura' King Mahabali was banished to the netherworld by Lord Vishnu, who took the incarnation of Vamana(the dwarf), under pressure from 'Devas', who were jealous of the King's popularity and success.
It is said that before his banishment, the King got assurance from Lord Vamana that he would be allowed to revisit his people each year, on 'Thiruvonam' day of the Malayalam calendar.
People of various caste, class and religion decorate their homes with floral carpets to welcome King Mahabali.
As every other festival, we @Bobcares celebrated Onam with great enthusiasm, organizing cultural events, comprising of some highly traditional Kerala's performing arts, and sports competitions that reflects rural sporting traditions.
'Onasadya'(a sumptuous feast) was another highlight of Onam day, as people assembled for lunch @Office.
Bobs dressed as Maveli for a competition.
Bobs testing strength in the tug of war referred as “vadam vali”.
The floral carpet that forms part of the tradition of welcoming Mahabali.
Bobs participating in Thiruvathira, a traditional dance form of Kerala.
About the Author :
Sankar works as a Senior Software Engineer in Bobcares. He joined Bobcares back in April 2006. He loves grooming/mentoring people. During his free time, he listens to music, and enjoys singing..