Happy Onam: Malayalees all over world celebrates thiruvonam

Dancers perform as they take part in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Kochi

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Onam which is celebrated, in memory of King Mahabali is one of the most significant harvest festivals of Kerala and is an attraction for thousands of people outside and within the state. It was said that King Mahabali ruled Kerala a long time ago and looked after the welfare of the people. Homes are decorated with ''Pookalam'' a symbol of welcoming King Mahabali onto one's house.

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