Festival of jocundity

I never had a leaf of a banana tree as a plate. In the Indian Social Club in Salalah-Dhofar in the south of Oman, during ‘Onam, the National Festival of Kerala,‘ as usual traditional vegetarian food was served on the leaf. It was delicious.

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Beside entertainment for the family and traditional games for men, there was also the competition of creating and displaying of the pookalam, a carpet made out of gathered blossoms of several types of flowers. It is a traditional art form, specific for Kerala.

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Onam Festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug – Sep) and is a reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past. In Kerala, Onam festivities last for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Normally Onam is a pure vegetarian festival and is marked with village games and cultural programs. Onam is celebrated by all the people of the community despite their religion and caste. It is a secular festival.

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80.000 Indians lives in Dhofar in the south of the Sultanate. More than 50% of the Indians originate from Kerala in the south of India. Oman and Kerala have the south west monsoon in common.

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Key persons: Mr. Manpreet Singh (Chairman) 99498939, Dr. Khader Nawaz Khan (Gen. Secretary) 99488698, Mr. Rajan (manager) 99691457


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