CELEBRATING THE ONAM FERVOUR
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