ONAM AND THE PASSOVER
Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated all over the world by people from #Kerala, India. The story behind it is that once a year, #Mahabali, a ruler of that region once upon a time, comes and visits his loyal people. His death was by deception, by pushing him into the underworld. But before leaving, he asked the perrmision to visit his people once a year.
Present day Hindus may not think much about the myth but they enjoy the day with a lavish lunch and dance. Most Onam lunch comprises of three to four course meals with eight to ten dishes, may be more and definitely a dessert called #payasam. Women wear traditional Hindu dress, #settumundu with blouse. A #tigerdance is part of the festival. There is no Onam without a flower carpet in front of the house, #pookkalam
Now comes the Christian comparative. For ages, I thought that the #LastSupper of Jesus was only a piece of bread and a sip of wine. In fact if you remember, Jesus asked His disciples to go to a special place and prepare the #Passovermeal. The Passover meal is a very lavish meal very much like the Onam meal. It also has three to four courses and plenty of servings in the Mediterranean style and wine.
Ironically Mahabali comes back to visit his people enjoying a lavish meal. On the other hand Jesus, after a lavish meal, is sent to the underworld by the then rulers. Perhaps we should think that the Christian festival, Easter is comparable to Onam.
Onam is a festival of happiness and plenitude. Mankind lives not for the day but for eternity. Our path to eternity is a path decorated with flowers of our experiences, some good others not that good.Whether Hindu or Christian, God wants us to enjoy life within the boundaries of our means.
HAPPY ONAM GOD BLESS