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Sunday, 30 August 2015

INDIA (KERALA) - ONAM FESTIVAL DOLLS

As it is the time of the ONAM FESTIVAL, I thought I would show you these two beautiful Onam Festival dolls.  They are 16.25" and 17" high.
The ONAM FESTIVAL is observed by Malayali Hindus.  It is celebrated in the month of Chingam, between the 28th. August and the 7th. September.  It is celebrated in honour of the mythical King, King Mahabali.  It is believed that his spirit returns to Kerala at this time.
A pooklam (a carpet of flowers, arranged  in beautiful designs, is displayed in homes at this time.

The Kathakali dance is performed and also the Pulakali dance, where performers are dressed like tigers, in bright yellow, black and red.

A boat race called the Vallamkali (snake boat race) is also a traditional event of the Festival, when boats race on the River Pampa.

Onasadya is the grand meal of the Festival, and is served on a banana leaf.  It includes dal preparations, spicy curries, pachadis, sweet and sour pickles, and payasams, with pradhaman for dessert.  There is also banana, salted banana wafers and salt on the banana leaf.

Fireworks, music and spectacular carnivals with elephants, are also a large part of the Festival.
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INDIA (KERALA) - ONAM FESTIVAL DOLLS
(Website Id:  Asia - India (Kerala) - 0023, 0023A, 0023B, 0023C, 0023D and 0023E)
 BACK VIEW OF THE DOLLS
 KATHAKALI  DANCER -
ONAM FESTIVAL (doll one)
KATHAKALI  DANCER -
ONAM FESTIVAL (doll two) 
 CLOSE-UP 
(doll one)
 CLOSE UP 
(doll two)
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PULAKALI DANCE (Kerala)
(Postcard)
ENJOY!
Carole.
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