The Message Of Onam

INDIA, August 27, 2012 ( Come August 29, Malayalees the world over will celebrate Onam. Though the origin of the harvest festival is deeply rooted in Hindu legends and mythology, Keralites across the religious spectrum celebrate the festival with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. Onam is a community event, a celebration of a time in the past when all men (and women) were equal. The people of Kerala, irrespective of their faith, caste and class, remember the golden era of the Asura (demon) king Mahabali they all loved, and welcome him on his annual visit to their homes with open arms. In almost all cultures, societies, and religions around the world, there is some myth or memory of a distant past when mankind lived in perfect happiness, equality, fulfillment and in harmony with nature. “Maveli naadu vaaneedum kaalam,” a very popular song sung during Onam means, “When Maveli ruled the land, all the people were equal. And people were joyful and merry; they were all free from harm. There was neither anxiety nor sickness. Deaths of children were unheard of. There were no lies. There was neither theft nor deceit, and no one was false in speech either. Measures and weights were right. No one cheated or wronged his neighbor. When Maveli ruled the land, all the people formed one casteless race.”

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