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Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Onam to Kerala gifted Asin

Her pretty face is all smiles when Asin reminisces about her Onams in Kochi. On Onam, the Kerala born Indian actress takes a trip down memory lane.
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The effervescent Asin Thottumkal, who hails from a Catholic family in Kerala, has three festivals marked out on her calendar each year. One is Onam, and the other two are Christmas and New Year.

Onam (Malayalam: ഓണം) is a fesitival celebrated by the people of Kerala, India. It falls during the month of Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the Kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival.
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"I have had colourful Onams with grand celebrations," she says, adding nostalgically, "Home was the centre of festivities with Athapoo, Thiruvathira kali, oonjal [swing], my favourite being the king of sweets – ada pradhaman – and a full-scale sadhya."

Asin Thottumkal is an actress who does not generally take off on extended holidays.

"We really celebrated Onam in a big way and that is why I miss it even more. It gets difficult to celebrate festivals when you have a packed shooting schedule. Even this time, the chances of spending the day with my family seemed bleak as I'm stationed in Rajasthan till October, but fortunately I managed to get two days off around Onam. So I flew down to Mumbai on Tiruonam (main festival) today to spend the day with my parents. My mom will be cooking up a feast and I’m looking forward to polishing it all off," smiles the Mallu beauty.

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