Today was Onam.
It is a festival celebrated in Kerala, the southernmost state of India.
We call it God’s Own Country. Simple.
Onam is a cultural festival. All Keralites celebrate whatever their religion maybe. Originally it started as a festival in association with harvesting but later on the agricultural importance got sidelined to prosperity and auspiciousness. I do not want to go into the mythological stories behind the festival because it will only help in stretching the post further.
A grand vegetarian feast with traditional dishes is the integral part of the celebration. I decided to cook with a considerable amount of help from S in her kitchen. J had joined us in the morning to help us with the chopping and slowly invited guests started dropping in. A.B and S.T, V.R, S.S, K.K and H.M were the guests. We got a little delayed in serving dinner because of some calculation mistakes but we were able to serve 9 dishes along with different types of pickles and Kheer. Everybody ate and drank and the day couldn’t have gotten any merrier.
My little sadness for not being able to spend Onam with my family is gone now. After all friends are your family when you are away from home and this was truly a family. I loved the experience of sharing food and happy moments and hope for more.
Thank you all for making the day special.
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