Our family did not celebrate Onam this year because we had two bereavements in the family, my dad's mother - the last of my Grandparents, and a first cousin of my dad.
But our hometown is the hub of Onam celebrations in Kerala, and it is tough not to get carried away by the sights and celebrations. In fact these are times when we remember our past years with our grandfathers, most. We were not putting the formal carpet either this year, but our daughter got a chance to take part in the community event of our Residents association. And the result was nothing short of spectacular.
Work in progress, and initial layers.
The finished floral design. And of course, there is the famous Athachamayam procession, which is a spectacular feast for the eyes and very unique to Thripunithura.
The King Mahabali himself !
Kathakali, Theyyam and other folk forms.
Narada, Artha Naareshwara, getting ready for the procession through the the erstwhile Rajadhani.
Some of the Bhootha ganas.
And of course, we had little Mahabali , Vamana, and a few others visit us at home too!
After a blissful 10 days, even without the huge celebrations that is part of our household, school has reopened, and exams are on the threshold, to make sure that the fun mood does not go on and on !!
Back to routine !