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In pictures: Malayalis celebrate Onam across the globe

Updated : 2019-09-11 18:06:10

Onam is celebrated to honour King Mahabali, who according to legend ruled the state once, under whom the people were equal, prosperous and happy. People believe that it was on this particular day of Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam when Lord Mahavishnu took his fifth avatar as Vaamana, appeared in the kingdom of King Mahabali and sent him to nether world. According to legend on Thiruvonam day, the spirit of King Mahabali visit the people of Kerala. Hence the day is marked by feast and festivities.

A huge and colourful
A huge and colourful "pookkalam" (floral carpet) during Onam celebrations in Kochi, Kerala. Onam is the traditional harvest festival of Kerala and of the three most important days, Thiru Onam, the second day of the Onam festival, falls on Wednesday this year. (Photo: IANS)
An artist accompanied by women dressed in traditional attire performs Kathakali around pookalam (flower rangoli) during Onam celebrations in Chennai. All Malayalees celebrate Onam irrespective of caste, creed or religion. (Photo: IANS)
An artist accompanied by women dressed in traditional attire performs Kathakali around pookalam (flower rangoli) during Onam celebrations in Chennai. All Malayalees celebrate Onam irrespective of caste, creed or religion. (Photo: IANS)
As Kerala gets into the festive mood, police are maintaining tight vigil with the army receiving information that there may be a terror attack in southern parts of the country. (Photo: IANS)
As Kerala gets into the festive mood, police are maintaining tight vigil with the army receiving information that there may be a terror attack in southern parts of the country. (Photo: IANS)
Onam is celebrated to honour the home-coming of a mythical-demon king Mahabali. (Photo: IANS)
Onam is celebrated to honour the home-coming of a mythical-demon king Mahabali. (Photo: IANS)
As per legend, Vamana (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) pushed King Mahabali, deep into the earth after gods became insecure due to latter's popularity. However, the lord granted Mahabali’s wish that he can visit his kingdom and dear subjects once in a year. (PTI Photo)
As per legend, Vamana (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) pushed King Mahabali, deep into the earth after gods became insecure due to latter's popularity. However, the lord granted Mahabali’s wish that he can visit his kingdom and dear subjects once in a year. (PTI Photo)
Students pose near a swing during Onam celebrations, in Nagercoil of Kanyakumari district.  (PTI Photo)
Students pose near a swing during Onam celebrations, in Nagercoil of Kanyakumari district.  (PTI Photo)
Women light lamps at a temple during Onam celebrations. (PTI Photo)
Women light lamps at a temple during Onam celebrations. (PTI Photo)
People are seen performing Kathakali dance during the Onam celebrations. (Photo: IANS)
People are seen performing Kathakali dance during the Onam celebrations. (Photo: IANS)
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