Onam festivities herald joyous festive season for British Indians

Onam festivities herald joyous festive season for British Indians

With Onam and Raksha Bandhan upon us and Krishna Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi coming soon after, one of the most festive periods in the Hindu calendar is here!

The next few weeks and months certainly promise to bring the best and brightest of diaspora festivities, vibrant celebrations and exuberant events the world over, including the UK.

The first to greet us is the harvest festival of Onam. Originating from the South Indian state of Kerala, Onam is celebrated for ten days with much fervour. It is believed that King Mahabali – a beloved demon King who once ruled Kerala – was pushed to the netherworlds by Lord Vishnu during his Vaman avatar. After seeing the King’s love for his people, however, Lord Vishnu allows him to visit his state once every year – during Onam.

Here is a quick list of upcoming Onam events around the UK to kick off your festive season

Wednesday, 30 August, London

Hindu festivals would be incomplete without traditional food and so this first one is for all the foodies out there! Offering a sensational multi-course banquet style meal is the Karapincha’s Onam Supper Club. The event promises to serve a vegetarian thaali (plate) experience – packed with soul-soothing flavours of Sri Lankan and South Indian delicacies - on fresh banana leaf.

Saturday, 09 September, Hayes

Join the Navnat Vanik Association of UK for a day full of traditional dances, music and delicious food. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the grand floral carpet called 'Pookalam' and the famous 'Vallamkali' boat race. The event is also a great change to get out your best traditional outfits and immerse yourself in the festive spirit.


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Thursday, 31 August, Belfast

Belfast’s Ulster University invites the diaspora for a day filled with joy, music, dance, and mouthwatering traditional delicacies. The ‘Onam Fiesta’ offers an immersive experience with a variety of activities, vibrant performances and mesmerizing music that depict the essence of Onam.

Wednesday, 02, September, Manchester

The Greater Manchester Malayalee Hindu Community invites all to their Onam celebration at the Jain Community Centre. The spectacular celebration of the originally South Indian festival will be steeped in the rich culture and traditions of Kerala.

Saturday, 09 September, Shropshire

The Shropshire Malayalee Cultural Association is all set to welcome members and their guests to this exciting event in the West Midlands. Held at Charlton school, the event promises another delicious thaali experience as well as a cultural programme.


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Saturday, 23 September, Manchester

The Manchester Malayalee Association will be holding their Onam celebrations a little later at the Jain Community Centre. Don’t miss out on this event if you’re in the vibrant city!

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