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.
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.
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.
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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