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Biggest harvest festival of Thiru Onam was celebrated by Keralites across the globe.
Various cultural and religious programmes were organized throughout southern state of Kerala to celebrate the Onam.
The festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (August- September). It is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past and is considered to be a harvest festival. It is also the state festival of Kerala.
- The festival marks the commemoration of Vamana avatara of Lord Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the mythical King Maha Bali and his prosperous rule.
- The celebrations start with Onam Pookkalam, in which the floral carpets are laid on the floors early in the morning.
- Poojas are performed at temples across the state including at the hill shrine of Sabari Mala, Guruvayur and Thrikkakara, believed to be the capital of King Maha Bali.
- Traditional feast known as Onam Sadya is served on plantain (banana) leaves with rice and variety of curries along with sweet called payasam.
An annual festival of Tendong Lho Rum Faat of the ethnic Lepcha tribe of Sikkim was celebrated with traditional devotion and fanfare across the state.
About Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival
- It is one of the oldest festivals of the Lepchas, celebrated annually in the month of August in Sikkim.
- It is three day festival and on the first day, the tribe worship the Mount Tendong which is located in South Sikkim by offering of prayers.
- Significance of Festival: According to the folklore, Mt. Tendong had saved the Lepcha people during the great deluge which had flooded the entire Mayel Lyang country (now known as Sikkim).
- Celebrations: Special programme of puja, folk songs and dances are organized to mark the festival.
- Various cultural and literary programmes are held in the state to commemorate the occasion.
- On the concluding day, traditional Lepcha food, ornaments and costumes are displayed.