Holi: A Festival of Colours & Joy

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Holi is a celebration of the onset of spring. Farmers celebrated happy harvest every year at this time and welcomed the season of spring with celebrations. Since then, the tradition of celebrating with dance, music and colours started.

Once upon a time, the colours used during Holi were prepared from the flowers of trees that blossomed during spring like flowers of ‘tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree and known as gulal. Most of these trees also had medicinal properties and the colours obtained from them were highly beneficial to the skin and body. With the rapid commercialisation of this festival and a strong demand for other colours, artificial colours,consisting of a large number of chemicals, became easily available. These poses serious health issues.

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Onam is here!

Onasadhya at Home

Anyone ever heard of our God’s own Country have heard about Onam atleast once. Onam is a harvest festival signaling the end of the monsoons and the commencement of a time of plenty. Onam falls in the month of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalam calendar. Traditionally, Onam celebrations start on Atham day, 10 days before Thiruvonam. All Malayalees irrespective of all caste and religion, celebrate the festival with enthusiasm and fervour. It is also celebrated as the homecoming of the great Mahabali. All the Malayalees get dressed to the nines, get together and, decorate their house with floral displays (pookkalams) and prepare the feast (Onam Sadya) of a lifetime.

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