Thiru Onam is celebrated in the second half of August ( the Chingam month of Kollam Era) when the August monsoon rains come to an end and the summer heat gives way to the pleasant warmth of the Kerala autumn. Anthropologists see in Onam a great fertility rite, the ceremony of Thanksgiving for a plentiful harvest. For Keralites Onam is the celebration of the return of Mahabali, their once beloved king.
Onam or Thiruonam originated as a joyous annual reminiscence of the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king, who ruled Kerala a very long time ago. It recalls the sacrifice of the great king, his true devotion to God, his human pride and his ultimate redemption. This king once ruled over the Keralites during the Golden Age before caste existed, "when all men were equal, when no one was poor, when there was neither theft nor dread of thieves" (Maveli natu vanitum kalam... Manusharellam onnu pole ... ).
Chinga Masam 2010 - Beginning of Harveset Fesetival Season in Kerala
Chinga Masam is the first month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Chinga Masam 2010 begins on August 17 and ends on September 16. The first day of Chingam month marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar and is known as Chingam 1. Kollavarsham (Kolla Varsham) 1186 as per traditional Kerala calendar on August 17, 2010. Onam the biggest festival of Kerala is observed on the Thiruonam Nakshatram day in Chingam month.
Chingam 1 is celebrated with much gusto in all temples of Kerala and all over world where Malayalis live in large numbers. Many cultural organizations conduct special programs displaying the legends of Malayalam New Year.
Important Festivals in the Chingam Month in Kerala
First Onam – August 22 Thiruonam – August 23 Third Onam – August 24 August 24. It is observed as Avani Avittam by Kerala Brahmin community. Fourth Onam – August 25 Sri Narayana Guru Jayanti is observed on the Chathayam Nakshatram day in the Chingam month. Sri Krishna Jayanti – September 1 Gokulashtami – September 2 Vinayaka Chaturthi – September 11 Vishwakarma Jayanti – September 12
Chingam Calender - August 2010
A Traditional Village scene
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Today is the celebration ceremony of 64th Independence Day of India. I am a proud Indian; I love my country and the freedom fighters who gave their lives.
Freedom is not free, so knowing what it costs to be an independent is always more valuable before we enjoy the freedom. Also while being aware of true meaning of freedom, one might also think about his own growth in country’s perspective, not just individually. Fighting for things like religion, casts, reservation has always put India backwards in front of the whole world. In the end it results nothing more than lowering our own strength and unity. Coming together in the name of nation to celebrate a day like today includes more unity in India.
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