Onam- Traditions and Rituals
Celebrated with grandeur and unbounded happiness, Onam is an annual Hindu harvest of Kerala. It is celebrated for 4 days with enthusiasm and marks the Malyali Hindu new year. According to historical records Mahabali, an upright monarch, ruled Kerala for a long time in a bygone era. He was a kind-hearted king and was loved by his kingdom. There was no sorrow or poverty. His fame rose and Gods were scared that Mahabali will conquer Gods and rule in heaven. Resulting from this, Vishnu took an incarnation of a Brahmin boy named Vamana and arrived at Mahabali’s kingdom and asked him for three legs of the land from his widely outspread kingdom. Vamana enhanced his size and covered all the earth with the single foot, and the heaven in the second foot. Later, Vamana asked where to put the third leg then Mahabali offered his head. Mahabali was clamped by the third foot. However, he asked Vamana to allow him to visit his kingdom every year as a last wish. Hence Onam is celebrated in August-September and honours the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the homecoming of Emperor Mahabali.
Wearing new clothes, community gathering, pookalam and Onakkodi lights up the essence of the festival. The festival includes many events and rituals, boat race, tiger dance, flower arrangement, music, folk songs and dance performances. Gift-giving is an important aspect of Onam. These days, most of the gifts are now available online and are affordable to many.
3 Tips to Buy Relevant and Heartwarming Onam Gifts for Parents
On any special occasion, or during the festive season, or also sometimes in many legal or promotional or personal situations, we all give gifts to our near and dear ones. A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or anything in return. This often forms the strength for enhancing social relations and is termed as an act of service that makes other happier.
A gift can be an expression of love or friendship, gratitude, charity, souvenirs, custom, festive celebration etc. In Christian traditions like Christmas, Easter or Hindu festivals like Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Pongal or be it in Buddhism – Vesak, or many more, gifts play a very crucial role in improving relations. Whether it is retirement Gifts, Congratulations Gifts, engagement Gifts, promotional Gifts or be it mother’s day or friendship days, gifts have unknowingly become an integral part of our lives.
Usually in Onam, the elders' gift ‘onakkodi’ or ‘onappudava‘ (‘kodi’ means new and ‘pudava’ means cloth in Malayalam) to younger members in the family. However, it would be perfect if you could improve the trend and gift your parents with surprising gifts, especially if you are far away from home and cannot visit them this festive season.
A gift needs to be a very useful gift for someone as the person appreciates and values it more if he or she can use it for a long time. It's difficult to find such gifts, however, these criteria should be kept in mind when choosing certain gifts for your loved ones.
The more creative or innovative the gift is, the more likely it is for the person to appreciate it. Creativity touches everyones's hearts. It is an important way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between imagination and reality.
Connect to Their Sentiments
It is very difficult to choose practical gifts yet connects to one's sentiments and is stunningly memorable. To know the interests and preferences of your loved ones while choosing gifts is the key to connect with them and keep an everlasting bonding. By showing them how thoughtful we are while picking gifts, can serve as a bridge to bring us even closer together.
8 Amazing and Heartwarming Gifts for Your Parents on This Grand Festival- Onam
The magnificent and extraordinary festival of Kerala, Onam has a unique tradition of gifting gifts. We have recommended some exclusive gifts on this occasion for your beloved parents, to make their Onam happier and memorable.
Dry fruits which are healthy gifts to gift your parents this festive occasion of Onam are available in combination with sweets, bouquets, chocolates and dry fruits. A smart package of dry fruits, soan papdi, and Navrattan is all you need to gift someone on a grand festival. Your parents would love this delicious and healthy pack of the gift containing a Box of Soan Papdi - 500 grams, Haldiram's Navrattan - 200 grams and Mixed Dry Fruits - Almonds & Cashew Nuts (100 grams each). Available at a price of Rs. 1,299 at Ferns and Petals, the combo of dry fruits and sweets are exemplary for gifting your loving parents to cheer them up.
Superior-quality dry fruits are now available online in many websites like Bigbasket, IGP, Amazon and Ferns and Petals. All the wide ranges of dry fruits both native and exotic are available in these websites. Almonds, pistachios, cashews, mixed nuts, peanuts, raisins, dried apricots are now offered, especially with a variety of tastes such as salted, masala, chaat, schezwan, wasabi, caramel etc.
The most wonderful time of the year for people in Kerala is the festival of Onam, where they dress up beautifully and adorn themselves with ornaments of gold, diamond and other trending jewellery. Gifting ornaments to your mother can be a surprise to her.
The Starlet Gold pendant available at a price of Rs. 4,945 at Malabar Gold and Diamonds, signifies the Gold Purity of 22 KT (916) and metal colour of yellow. The pendant has a Gross Weight of 1.06 Grams and Net Weight of approx 1.03 grams, with the stone weight of 0.032 grams approximately. It has Gold Certification BIS Hallmark 916. The height of the pendant is 26 mm and the width is 9 mm.
The vinyl multicoloured wall stickers available and trending these days can decorate the walls of your parents' homes as they wish during the Onam festivities. Having a tremendous collection of artworks for walls and interiors, and assuring durability, colour quality, eco-friendly and Satisfaction, Onam wall stickers are available at Amazon at prices as low as Rs. 229. Flipkart and Snapdeal also offers a good range of wallpapers to choose from.
Electronic Home Appliances
Whether you wish to gift a Microwave Oven or a washing machine or a refrigerator, the Onam time is an ideal time to buy such awesome gifts for your parents to make things easier and tech-savvy for them. Most of the electronic items are available at reasonable prices especially on sale in many online websites or stores. Other electronic items which you can buy can also include smartphones, water purifier, LCDs!
Onam is known for gifting clothes. You can present your parents with clothes, keeping in mind their comfort and choice. You can plan to gift your mother a few classy and elegant Silk Fabric Saree, other than the traditional Kasavu or Settu sarees. A wide range of colourful silk sarees are available between the price range of Rs. 2,000 to 9,000 on the online website of Nine Colours. One product shows the Orange and Blue Colour saree of 6.3 metres and comes with a blouse which can be stitched up to Size 42 Inches.
Traditional apparels can make them feel the vibrancy of this festival. In addition to the apparels, trending handbags like tote, clutches, shoulder bags for mother and wallets for father can also be gifted in this special occasion.
Onam is considered incomplete without indulging in delicious sweets. Sweet dishes like Palada Pradhaman, Dry Fruit Kesari, Payasam, and Achappam, etc. are relished by people in Kerala during Onam. Treat your parents with a box of Assorted Sweets of 1 kg available at a price of Rs. 1,499 at Ferns and Petals, for celebrating this festive occasion and making your presence felt at your home when you are away.
Plants are making an ideal gift for festive occasions especially over the recent years. Because they bring positive energy into your recipient's work or home space, they are chosen by many for gifting.
As shown in the image, the set of 5 plants, available at a price of Rs. 1,599 at Ferns and Petals online website, can be kept indoors/outdoors and consists of the following plants-
- Bamboo Palm/Chamaedorea Seifrizii Plant with height up to 11 inches
- Dracaena Plant with Height Upto 10 inches
- Spider Plant with height up to 8 inches
- Money Plant- Height Upto 10 inches
- Aloe Vera Plant- Height Upto 8 inches
A plastic pot, blue packaging paper & White rassi, yellow packaging paper & red rassi are also available with this gift. The pot can be reused for growing small house plants.
Gifting diaries to your parents as Onam marks the beginning of a new year can be a very creative and heart touching gift. A wide range of diaries is available online to choose from for your parents for them to write their experiences during the festival to start with. Onam special diaries are also available online which can be personalized- a wooden notebook engraved with pookalam design and Onam wishes.
Available online at Amazon, the Craft Play Binding Butterfly with Button Diary, with dimensions 18 cm x 13 cm x 2.5 cm, comes at Rs. 420. Doodle collections, Chumbak and Printland are some other online websites one can check out for buying diaries for gifts to your parents.
Do your parents love to actively and possessively count the days left to travel around the world? Gift them a magnet they can be used as a countdown to the number of days left to travel. The magnet is complemented with a rewritable marker pen for them to write the destination with. The size of the magnet is 2.9 inches X 4.1 inches and is available at a price of Rs. 449 at Oye Happy. Canvas, Chumbak, Ferns and Petals, and Printland are some other online websites one can check out for buying beautiful travel fridge magnets as gifts for your parents.
Bonus Tips: What to Wear on This Festive Occassion ?
Onam is a celebration filled with colours, flowers, traditional food and beautiful attires. If you are planning to celebrate Onam with your dear ones, we have a few know abouts of what can you wear on this festive season.
The beauty of Kasavu embroidered attires especially worn by women while performing folk dances, is an essential and customary component of Onam. Kasavu saree is a cultural handloom saree of Kerala made of pure cotton. It usually comes in 6 to 7 inches of pallu which is decorated with beautiful designs in the form of flowers, mangoes, peacock, Radha Krishna, coloured borders and fancier variations. Mundum neriyathum (also known as settu-mundu or mundu-set) is also the traditional clothing of women in Kerala. The two-piece Mundu is the piece of garment worn on the lower half of the body and is common to both men and woman. In the present era, different kinds and colour of zaris are now crafted in the essence of Resham to enhance mundu. Many Bollywood actress are also seen wearing these trendy Kasavus or Mundus in recent years. We recommend you to buy and try a Kasavu or a Mundu for sure!
Men’s Onam fashion and styling is also trending these years not only in Kerala but across India and the world, wherever Onam is celebrated. Keeping up with trends, without exception, men’s attires have also evolved. Different fabrics of kurtas like silk, cotton, linen, cotton silk etc. of varying lengths (short & long ones), and various collar styles in beautiful shades are available these days online. Mundu are also available in different colours too like deep red, black, green, blue, orange etc. Inspired by many movies and film stars, Onam is celebrated wearing dhoti and kurta or styling dhoti with a shirt. Mohanlal, Mamooty, Nivin Paul, Dulquer Salman are some of the Kerala actors who have influenced the masses in classy clothes for this occasion. Look out for their styles to learn and enhance your look during the mesmerizing season of Onam.
Make a List of All the Things Your Parents is Interested in
Make a list of all the things that define who they are. Make this list long—spend at least two full minutes writing down as many things as you can. Now brainstorm something to go with every item on that list, small or big. You don’t have to give all of those gifts, but you’re going to hit on some cool ideas you wouldn’t have otherwise, and when you combine a few of them, your parents will appreciate how personal and thoughtful you were.