Celebration of Onam
Onam is the state festival of Kerala. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zest by the Malayalees all over the world. While Thiruvonam the tenth day is the most important day of the festival, the celebrations at some places continue until chatayam twelfth day.
The festival is marked by elaborate rituals, feast, socializing, games and fairs. Umpteen varieties of dishes are prepared throughout the festival in every Malayalee home. Onasadya or the traditional feast of Onam is an unavoidable part of the festival. It is organized by people irrespective of caste, creed and community barriers.The grand feast of Onam is held in a methodical manner. The impressive spread of delicacies are served in banana leafs. The leaf has to be placed in a particular way and the dishes are also to be served in a defined pattern. The serving on the leaf begins from the left with Upperies deep fried dishes. Umpteen numbers of scrumptious dishes are served on this occasion. Different kinds of rice with a number of side dishes and other delicacies such as curries, pappadams round crisp flour cakes, achaars pickles and payasams or pradhamans as desserts are served. Plantain fruits are also served as a part of the meal. Avial,Banana Halwa,Coconut Chutney,Idli,Dry Fruit Kesari,Masala Dosa,Mor Kuzhambu,Moru Curry,Kozhukattai,Palada Pradhaman.