Monday, August 17, 2009

Spring is here!


According to the Malayalam calendar, today is the first day of the New Year and the beginning of Spring here. Falling after Karkidakom month that signifies poverty and illness,this month of Chingam is the time of harvest and propserity.

The arrival of Chingam is celebrated with floral designs called pookalams and by dressing up in the traditional handwoven dresses interlaced with gold threads. These simple handlooms give elegance to its wearer.


During childhood, Chingam stood for Onam holidays that saw all of us children running to see the snakeboats gliding across the River Pamba to the beat of the traditional vallapaatu. It also meant onasadyas and waiting for the thiruvona thoni at midnight.


This year, the shopping sprees and festive atmosphere is very much marred by the swine-flu scare. Still, the Malayali spirit in me, decided to remember that it's spring here and Onam, the traditional festival of Kerala is only a few weeks away.

4 comments:

swapnap said...

:)

swapnap said...

Yay!! Am going home for a week and going to soak in alll the onam that is in the air and earth.



Hope to see some good snaps from you....ok?

swapnap said...

Yay!! Am going home for a week and going to soak in alll the onam that is in the air and earth.



Hope to see some good snaps from you....ok?

MS JOY said...

Snaps, not likely! Not gng home this time :(

The walk