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Cel­e­brated world-over, with ut­most fervour by Ker­alites, the fes­ti­val of Onam well and truly tran­scends all cul­tural bar­ri­ers. The great King Ma­ha­bali is revered in the be­lief that he is vis­it­ing his sub­jects dur­ing this 10-day long fes­ti­val, ev­ery year.

At Thiruvananthapuram In­ter­na­tional Air­port, ONAM-2017 was cel­e­brated with great pomp, much to the de­light of the pas­sen­gers. The Ter­mi­nal Build­ing had been cov­ered with dec­o­ra­tive lights. The flo­ral car­pet, known as ‘Onapookkalam’, was made out of blos­soms as sev­eral va­ri­eties of tinted flow­ers were pinched to­gether into lit­tle pat­terns that de­signed and dec­o­rated the ter­mi­nal floor. Lamps were ar­ranged in the mid­dle and also on the edges. It is a work of spe­cial art, typ­i­cally a team ini­tia­tive of young girls and women, who ac­com­plish it with their del­i­cate touch and a per­sonal artis­tic sense of ton­ing and blend­ing. An ‘Onapookkalam’ com­pe­ti­tion was con­ducted at the Tri­van­drum Air­port and 18 agen­cies of the Air­port par­tic­i­pated in the event where the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI), Civil Depart­ment, won the first prize. A flash mob was also con­ducted by the air­lines’ staff. ‘Thiru­vathi­rakkali’ (dance per­for­mance by ladies) was also per­formed by the Air­ports Author­ity staff to the de­light of the pas­sen­gers. On Onam Day (Septem­ber 4), AAI in as­so­ci­a­tion with the air­lines of­fered a warm wel­come to the pas­sen­gers with women dressed in the tra­di­tional Ker­ala at­tire of­fer­ing Payasam (kheer). Sur­prise gifts were also given to the pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing ‘Ona­pu­dava’, choco­lates, gold coins, LED TV, wash­ing

‘Kathakali’ dur­ing Onam cele­ber­a­tions at Cali­cut Air­port

Flash mob in­side Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at Tri­van­drum Air­port

Flo­ral car­pets at Tri­van­drum Air­port

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