Thursday, August 23, 2012

Onam Sadhya ~ The grand feast - Event Announcement !!


        " Onam Sadhya ~ The Grand Feast !! "

It gives me a great pleasure to thank you all for participating in my on-going event "Celebrating Independence Day" with fun and zeal, I am back with yet another festive theme "Onam Sadhya - The grand fest !!". I need all your support for this event too.
Onam is the biggest and most spectacular festival of the state of Kerala. It is the harvest festival Celebrated in the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar. It is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm and zeal throughout the state irrespective of caste, creed and community. 
It is a thanksgiving festival, celebrated in commemoration of a glorious past and as a tribute to the sacrifice of the Demon King Mahabali by every Keralite wherever in the world he may be. It is really a merry making festival with wonderful celebrations including intricate rituals, grand feast, songs, dance, games and fairs organized in a colorful way.

During these 10 days, the rich culture of the Malayalees are portrayed in various ways such as the intricately decorated Pookalam, lavish Onasadhya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance. On Thiruvonam day, King Mahabali is believed to visit every Malayalee home to meet his people. Houses are cleaned and decorated with flowers and traditional lamps.

People will wear new dresses and the eldest member of each family presents clothes to all the members of the family and this gift is called as Onakkodi.

Onapookalam the colourful arrangements of natural flowers, petals and leaves on floor. This ritual is followed in almost all the households of Kerala,during the 10 day long festival . The flower mat is a symbol of welcoming King Mahabali.

Boat Races known as Vallamkali Boat Race also known as snake boat race are organised during 10 days Onam Festival.The curled ends of the boats are shaped like cobra hoods and it is from this shape that boat has derived its name. 
Kaikottikali dance
There are Elephant processions on the streets, which gives Royal touch to the festival.
Boat race
The most impressive part of the grand festive Onam is Onam Feast. Onam Sadhya - a vegetarian banquet  is prepared on the last day of Onam celebration Thiruvonam (Thiruvonasadya), which depicts the happiness of people towards King Mahabali whose spirit is said to visit during Onam. It's a feast which if enjoyed once is relished for years. 
Onam Sadhya is a very elaborate, delicious, and splendid feast consists of traditional authentic 13 varieties of essential main dishes.  There can be anywhere between 13-25 dishes for Onam and this number can be higher.

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This is such a tempting festive food event. So lets all come together and celebrate the true spirits of Onam !!

Rules / Guidelines for this event :- 

1. Event runs from August 29th - Sep 29th, 2012(EST). So entries within these dates will be acceptable.

2. Prepare food which is usually prepared on these 10 days of ONAM FESTIVAL,like Aviyal, Chips, Curry, Errissery, Kalan, Kootukari, Olan, Papadams, Parippu, Payasam, Pickles, Pulissey, Rasam, Rice, Sambar and Thoran.

3. Usage of logo is Mandatory as it helps to spread the word. (logo url :-

4. Multiple entries are welcome and linking back to this announcement is a must.

5. No archived entries please.

6. After posting your recipe just submit your entry to the linkies (you will find at the bottom of this post - "click here to enter") and leave a comment below.

7. In case you have any problem linking, then send a mail to  with your name, recipe name and recipe url with the subject line as Onam Sadhya - The grand feast
8. Non-bloggers are most welcome to participate. Just send me the recipe with the below details to the above mentioned email.
Your Name:
Recipe Name:
Description :

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Start pouring in your entries for Harvesting Festival Onam.
Advance Onam wishes to all friends who are celebrating !!  Get ready for a tasty festive ride with me !!

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  1. Happy hosting sarans....

  2. lovely event..will try to send some recipes..

  3. Very nice event. Will surely try to send of mine. Happy hosting Saranya.

  4. Happy Hosting...will send in my entry soon...

  5. Happy hosting ..i will try to participate..

    1. Thanks dear :) Looking forward for your entries !!

    2. Thanks dear :) Looking forward for your entries !!

  6. Lovely event.. will surely participate..:))

  7. Thanks a bunch dearies :) expecting entries from you :) happy cooking & blogging :))

  8. As per your comment on my space, just now I linked vegetable stir fry. Please check dear.

  9. Sharan... awesome event.. a festival very close to my heart... have linked some recipes...

  10. Just now I added a sundal recipe. Please check it Sharanya.

    1. Thanks dear...Sundal looks delicious.. expecting more recipes from you :)

  11. Sharan.. could not add logo cause i am not able to save it.. if i right click, it says not allowed..

    1. Sorry for the inconvenience Roshni.. Please use this link for the logo..

  12. Sharan - thanks for the mail regarding the logo. the intent is not to avoid doing it. the logo in this page is not clickable and savable. I tried the link that you provided and that is not working either. i have spent too much time in trying to do this. please send me the logo so I can add it. thanks.

    1. Check your email dear.. I have sent the event-logo...

  13. Hi Sharan, added logo for my mixed thoran recipe..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

  14. Ona is the biggest festival for kerala people. It is also unique since it is the only festival which honour a old king

    My hearfelt onam wishesto all visitors of this blog



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