One of the most awaited and celebrated festivals in Kerala, the Southernmost state of our country is Onam. It is one of the biggest festivals and is celebrated throughout the state with vigor and joy. It is usually observed for 30 days and this year the festival was observed from 30th August to 8th September, 2022. It is a major harvest festival that symbolizes the homecoming of King Mahabali.
In order to make our fellow jediiians, who are from Kerala, feel at home, the students of JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore hosted a celebration of Onam on the 9th of September, 2022. The event had an array of events that is traditionally done during the festival. The ladies were dressed in the beautiful Onam sarees, with a garland of flowers in their head. There was a stall dedicated to flower garlands for women who wanted pretty jasmine flowers to decorate their hairdo.
On the occasion of Onam, men are usually decked up in their mundu and neriyathu. Following the same, the students of the college wore the traditional attire with some twist. The day was celebrated by traditional games like tug of war and more.
This was followed by the cultural events like singing and dancing and special skits narrating the significance of Onam. One of the highlighted events was the massive Athapoovu aka Pookalam, which is an intricate and colorful arrangement of flowers and petals that is religiously done in every household during Onam. Everyone gathered to make the flower arrangement and there was joy and laughter surrounding the Pookalam.
Onam celebration was done to make the students who are far home feel at least a tad bit closer during one of their most celebrated festivals and we’re sure many felt nostalgic as the day, bit by bit, filled what they would’ve done during this season.
Onam is the time where the entire Kerala makes all the efforts to celebrate the ten-day-period in the most magnificent way in order to impress and rouse the homecoming king.
These celebrations inside the premises of the institute help in connecting all the students to their roots. It brings a feeling of solidarity and gives a break from the regular routine.