09/02/2009 11:12 PM s
Abu Dhabi/Dubai: Many expatriates from the south Indian state of Kerala Wednesday celebrated Onam by preparing Onasadaya (Onam feast) at home while others ordered food from restaurants.
"For the last couple of years we have been ordering Onasadaya takeaway from restaurants which are known for their special Onam lunch but this year I decided to cook an elaborate Onam vegetarian lunch at home. I took a couple of days off from work and even my husband pitched in by helping me chop the vegetables, stir the payasam [pudding] and get banana leaves on which the lunch is served. We invited a number of friends for lunch," said Madhavi Nambhishan, a Dubai-based expatriate.
Onam is also called the harvest festival of Kerala.
Ambika J Menon from Abu Dhabi said: "For me, Onam is a time for nostalgic memories&I grew up in a village where the festival was celebrated unlike any other".
This year, many community organisations have postponed their Onam celebrations due to Ramadan.
"To be fair to all members of the community, our Onam related events have been postponed to until after Ramadan," Laina Mohammad, General Secretary of Kerala Social Centre said.
"We will hold a cultural programme to mark Eid and Onam on September 26 and an onasadya on October 10."
Abu Dhabi Malayalee Samajam will celebrate Onam along with Eid celebrations on September 25, B. Yesuseelan, general secretary, said.
Are you joining in the celebration? What do you do during this festival?