India is referred to as the land of festivals owing to its rich amalgamation of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, languages, religious sentiments, diverse history, and different traditions in all the states. All religions stress humanistic values and celebrate the spirit of kindness and benevolence.
Onam is the biggest festival in the state of Kerala. It is celebrated to welcome the mythical King Mahabali, whose spirit visits the state of Kerala during the time of Onam. The celebration in Kerala takes place for 10 days. It is celebrated with great fervour and zeal by Keralites all over the country. People of all religions, castes and communities celebrate the festival with equal joy and verve.
On the auspicious occasion, Amrita Vidyalayam & Jr. college organized several activities. Information about Onam was read in the school assembly by Radhika Patel of Class V. The celebration started with setting up of an attractive floral decoration called ‘pookkalam’on the school premises. Impressive designs and artistic creativity were the hallmarks of the ‘pookkalam’ which turned out to be mesmerizing, and took everyone into a world of festivity and fun. Honourable Principal SwaminiPavanamritha Prana and Indulekha Madam inaugurated the celebration by lighting the traditional lamp, followed by the beautiful traditional ‘Thiruvathira’ dance of Kerala by the girls of classes VIII and IX performed marvellously with the narration of the story of Onam.
This harvest festival of Kerala brings together people from diverse communities and propagates the divine message of unity in diversity.