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Onam Day

September 11, 2011

Every now and then, we’re just walking through uni, minding our own business and we come across something awesome like this. Yesterday was Onam Day, a festival from Kerela, down at the Southern tip of India. Because NID is full of students from all over the country, we get a fun mix of celebrations like this. I’m a little confused by the complicated Hindu legend behind the festival, but there are 10 days of celebration and on the first is “the traditional ritual of laying Pookalam (floral carpet)” as seen above. Following days include adding to the pookalam, snake boat races, cleaning the house, buying new clothes and eating many courses of delicious food. I’m starting this tradition when I get back to Australia.

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