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"Thiruvonam" Celebrated in S. Korea
Special Contrubution
By Alex Mohandas
Women in traditional costume at "Thiruvonam" held in S. Korea

Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do: Thiruvonam, the home-coming festival of King Mahabali, of the south Indian state, Kerala, was celebrated in a royal fashion by Keralites in Suwon and Seoul area of South Korea on Sep. 24 (Saturday), 2016.

Thiruvonam, the main day of the 10-day official state festival of Kerala, fell during the Korean Cheusok holidays (Sept. 14, 2016) on Wednesday this year.

Normally, Mahabali, the mythological King of Kerala, visits his people during Thiruvinam.

The Onam celebration at Yeongtong 316 series apartment park on Sunday witnessed the participation of around 41 people from more than 15 families hailing from various districts in Kerala.

"Thiruvonam" Celebrated in S. Korea

Wearing traditional attires of Kerala, these families living in Suwon and Seoul got together to hold ‎a complete package of traditional Onam celebration.

Celebrations started off by laying the Pookkalam, the elaborate flower decoration on the ground, by the men women and kids.

Traditional games like "Lemon&Spoon race," "Saving my baloon," "Antakshari" etc. were conducted after the pookalam laying.

Rajana Tony won the "Lemon & Spoon race."
Vijin Rajan and Simi Ajesh won the men's and women's "Saving My Baloon" contest, respectively.

"Mohanlal" team and "Jagathy" team were on a tie for the 'Antakshari' competition.

The games were followed by a grand "Onasadhya."

As many as 27 dishes were prepared by the women in the group and their preparations and coordinations for the Onasadhya started three weeks ago.

"Thiruvonam" event held in S..Korea

The event was hosted by Tony Gladvin George and Rajana Tony and their efforts were appreciated by everyone.

The hosts thanked everyone for making the event a grand success.

The above story was written by Alex Mohandas, and related photos were taken by Tony Gladvin George and Johny Vincent.

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