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6 Awesome Ideas To Celebrate Onam In Your Apartment Community

Onam is no longer restricted to malayalis. Onam, predominantly, a Malayali festival, has now become a popular festival in many societies. As Keralites are very much spread in different parts of the country, Onam is no longer restricted to Malayalis. In a housing complex where people from various cultures and different religions share their lives together, many non Keralites and North Indians, join Keralites for Onam celebration.
Onam celebration, a festival of Kerala, involves a lot of merrymaking. As a secular festival, celebration of Onam is an open one, with much of tradition and human values which are found enjoyable for all enthusiasts, regardless their individual caste or religion.
According to mythology, Onam was the day when Raja Mahabali, legendary leader, was supposed to come back for visiting his kingdom after his death. The day is celebrated as the first day of a harvest year blessed with unlimited prosperity, wealth, and opulence all around. The festival of Onam is celebrated for 10 days involving flower carpets in front of houses to welcome the king, traditional dance, sumptuous vegetarian fare, fireworks and a lots of other joyous group activities.
Let’s have some ideas for celebrating Onam, which you can organize within your apartment community at ease.

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6 Awesome Ideas To Celebrate Onam In Your Apartment Community

  1. 1. Killer ways for engaging residents in apartment community activities Killer ways for engaging residents in apartment community activities
  2. 2. #1 Making “Athapookkalam” ( floral decoration) It is one of the prime activities of Onam’s celebration. Pookkalam means flower carpet and it is created on the floor with colourful blooms. Arrange a competition between your apartment residents for making Pookkalam.
  3. 3. #2 Arrange a community feast Organize an Onam feast with people from the entire housing community or arrange a potluck with a rule that all participating families will prepare and serve one traditional dish to get the festive spirit amongst everybody.
  4. 4. #3 Have a traditional dance competition Arrange a dance festival for women in your housing complex in the community hall. Mostly Pulikali and Kaikotti Kali dances are performed during this fest.
  5. 5. #4 Organize Community games As part of the Onam celebration in your community you can organize traditional games like Talappanthukali (the ball game) or Vadamvali (tug of war) or other outdoor games.
  6. 6. #5 Organize a Fancy dress competition Onam fancy dress has become a new agenda of celebration as everybody can join wearing traditional clothes of Kerala as the central theme.
  7. 7. #6 Arrange a firework show A firework show can be arranged in the apartment complex where all members can join and take pleasure watching the grand fireworks show. The fund for hosting such a show should be collected from members to make it a program for all.
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