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Season of mellow joy :) അത്തം പത്ത് ഓണം


Saturday, 14 August is അത്തം … Aththam Nakshathram, the day that begins the joyous celebration of Onam… As we say, in Malayalam,  അത്തം പത്ത് ഓണം (ten days after the day of Atham, is Onam 🙂 ) The Aththappokkalam (flower carpet – പൂക്കളം) is put in the front courtyard of houses from this day onwards. In some places, it begins way before, on the Thiruvonam Nakshatram (തിരുവോണം) in the month of Karkkitakam, the Ramayana Maasam! Onam, itself, falls on 23 August, this year! Traditionally, the Atham nakshatram, that comes before Onam, is usually in the month of Chingam (ചിങ്ങം), but this year, due to the Thiruvonam nakshatram being in the beginning of the month, the Atham nakshatram comes in the month of Karkkitakam 🙂 More on why Atham is special to me, a post later. Very very very special, this year 🙂 🙂 !

This year, as with the other years, brings the self same joy, and a little more, as I hope the elder offspring will be able to make it for the festivities. Schools close here, during the Onam season, for about 10 days, so the days are going to be filled with much activity and fun, at home!

And so, the header changes. With the mood 🙂 It’s a combination of rural festivities, of temple festivals, my favourite temple, an age old stone lamp, and a pookkalam we laid out last year 🙂

May the season’s best be with each of you during this wonderful time. God Bless!

11 August, 2010

P S. The post earlier published with more on Onam, was in December, I think 🙂 Here 🙂

Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

8 thoughts on “Season of mellow joy :) അത്തം പത്ത് ഓണം

  1. Atham pathinu ponnonam! 🙂
    Waiting to read what’s special about Atham and especially this year. 🙂 Hope your elder one comes home and you have a wonderful Onam this year. Enjoy the respite form school and enjoy your holidays Usha.
    your post reminds me of the days we used to be at our ancestral home for Onam with grandparents, Aunt and cousins. 🙂


    • Shail 🙂 thank you for redeeming this one! I actually thought this one was to go without acknowledgement! And am pleasantly and gleefully surprised that your words are here 🙂

      The elder one will get here only by Onam, but he will be here at least by then!

      Wl get as many pictures in as possible and write about it 🙂 Thanks again!


  2. Loved the colors and the spirit of the post .. wishing you the best of all that the life has to offer


    • Thank you Ticlulicious for the wishes and the good words 🙂 Onam is a special time for us here in Kerala 🙂 I only hope it will continue to be just as fun this year too!

      Thank you so very much!


  3. Your words, your smileys are much needed at this time Ushus. You know how it is with leos na? down but not out?
    So it is with me too.
    The colours, the liveliness in your words …all of it soothes…

    May you always be surrounded by loved ones. And may each day be full of smiles.
    Happy Birthday darling..love you so much.

    Wishes from a daughter


    • Meggie my dear, am so sorry to get here so late. Exhausted is not the word I feel. Way worse. You know na, the new CCE and its attendant woes.. together with a bunch of senior teachers who refuse to see reason and switch over completely to CCE. So we have the traditional methodology along with CCE… and that is a death knell for us! Still, one goes on.. and interestingly it was your blog that perked me up too… reading about ash, and then tejaswee… Thanks Indygurl… love you too!

      The two, mere Ram Lakhan are presently driving down, about 6 hours away. Cant wait for them to reach and complete the season of joy 🙂 🙂 Wishes to you too sweetheart. Take care and God Bless!


  4. Loved this post, Ushus. As always. Heres wishing you and your loved ones the very best this season and every season to come.

    And I notice from Abhi’s comment that it was your b’day on 17th. Belated wishes to you, Ushus 🙂

    May this year bring you all the happiness that you so deserve 🙂

    Onam Aashamsakal

    Love & Hugs always



    • Deeps, missed you so much 🙂 But looking at the awesome collection of pics you shared of your holiday, I can totally understand 🙂 the absence! No the b’day was four days prior to that 🙂 🙂 Indygurl finally came visiting about that time!

      Thanks for the wishes, and may I also wish you the best of Onam 🙂 Onaashamsagal! To you and yours 🙂


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