MEMBERS of the Enniscorthy Indian community and across the country recently converged on the Bellfield Sports Complex for an Onam cultural festival.
annual event which it has organized in the Indian state of Kerala and as such is a major calendar event for Keralites every year.
Many of those who attended the event in Enniscorthy are from that part of India and they were delighted to be able to celebrate here what is a milestone in their social calendar.
Many Enniscorthy residents also attended, including Minister James Browne and Councilor Barbara-Anne Murphy.
However, the event was apolitical and although it was inspired by Hindu tradition, it was also non-religious and very open to all members of the community.
Among the organizers of the event was Dr. George Leslie who was delighted with its success, with around 150 people in attendance.
Traditionally, the Onam festival is a 10-day celebration and involves traditional clothing, flowers, and traditional dishes.
In Enniscorthy the participants wore traditional clothing and it was a very colorful sight.
Onam commemorates King Mahabali and his legendary return. It is the harvest festival which falls in the month of Chingham, between August and September.
Describing some of the lore behind the event, Dr George said that in Indian mythology, King Mahabali, the Demon King, was renowned for his generosity and kindness.
The last day of Onam is known as Thiruvonam and is the day when a grand feast is held with a banquet of sumptuous dishes.
Some of those present also danced a traditional Indian routine called Chavittukali which is a traditional folk dance.
The organizers of the event in Enniscorthy were very grateful for the support they received from members of the community, including Copper Chimney and the Holy Grail.