Foreign tourists join Onam celebration in Kerala

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Kochi, Sep 3 (ANI): Foreign tourists in Kerala took part in the ten-day long harvest festival 'Onam'.

The Homestay Operators Association organised Onam celebrations for the foreign tourists staying in the association's homes.

Many foreigners participated in a simple procession in Kochi along a floral carpet on a street.he foreigners enjoyed sumptuous traditional meal with a variety of delicacies prepared in coconut oil and served on Banana leaf.

"I feel very lucky to be here to be a part of the Onam celebrations today by joining in arranging the flowers and also in the parade. It is a very beautiful experience for me so I feel lucky," said Claire, a tourist from Australia.

Onam, a harvest festival, is celebrated in Kerala when young girls and women make flower patterns called "Pookalam" in local parlance to welcome the mythical King Mahabali.

Onam recalls the story of the mythical king Mahabali who created a kingdom in what is now Kerala.

The festival falls during the month of Chingam (August-September as per the Gregorian calendar), the first month of the Malayalam calendar and lasts for ten days.

Traditionally celebrated as a harvest festival, mythologically it is linked to Malayalee-Hindu folktales. (ANI)

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