Onam celebrations go virtual due to the pandemic

Pookkalam, pulikkali, Mahabali, sadya…. Onam shall be celebrated on assembly apps in 2020

Ranjith Pillai, venture supervisor at UVJ Technologies in Kochi shall be making pachadi for Onam this 12 months. As a part of his workplace celebrations, he’s taking part in a web based contest for conventional sadya dishes. He plans to file the course of and submit it on-line.

COVID 19 has moved Onam celebrations for each households and corporates to the virtual house. Onam is the spotlight of the festive calendars of many Kerala-based firms, which are actually rethinking methods of celebrating to maintain morale excessive and impart a way of normalcy.

“Our employee engagement team has orchestrated a series of virtual events and competitions. While the safety of our people during COVID-19 times is paramount, it is equally important that we strengthen the feeling of harmony and fraternity during these festive times,” says Sunil Balakrishnan, Chief Values Officer and Global Head for Development Center Operations, UST Global.

NATANA, the cultural neighborhood of Kerala’s IT parks comprising just a few thousand staff, is looking its Onam celebrations ‘Aarppo Irro Online 2020’.

Eustine Thomas, president NATANA says, “Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, with 60,000 – 80,000 plus employees, has a history of celebrating Onam with competitions such as pookkalam. This year our celebrations will be online, with competitions. The present mindset is sad: that everybody is missing out on Onam fun. It doesn’t have to be, most of us are with our families and we want to celebrate time spent with them,” The contests which embrace fascinating themes comparable to Thaadi Onam (for many who have beards and carrying it in fascinating methods) and Mask Onam (masks designed utilizing Onam themes and motifs). Results shall be declared on August 31, with a half-hour on-line finale.

“Onam in the time of COVID-19 is not going to be a dull affair. We are set to connect Malayalis from across the globe to celebrate the festival virtually under one Maveli Umbrella,” says Martin Emmanuel, MD, Razzmataazz Events which is organising a 10-day virtual ‘Ente Onam’ kicked off on Atham day, August 22. Over 80 Malayali associations from round the world are a part of the occasion. “This is the time to engage virtually since we don’t get to meet each other,” says Ranjith who’s a daily at Onam celebrations at workplace, the place he will get concerned with making the pookalam.

Meera Abraham, human useful resource supervisor of the similar firm provides, “Last year for instance, there was sadya, dance and singing. This year we decided to go online, opening up a ‘virtual floor’ for the celebrations – so we are going to have all that and more. Since most of our staff is working from home, families are also invited to be part of the programmes.” The response has been enthusiastic. The winners shall be introduced in the first week of September, after the Onam break.

The Malayali Manka Kerala Sreeman persona contest, which has been a spotlight of Onam celebrations, for the previous two years, organised by Technopark Trivandrum, a Thiruvananthapuram-based collective for IT professionals,shall be held nearly, says Renjith Ramachandran of Technopark Today. A grand affair with pageantry and ramp walks the occasion is now open to “anyone anywhere in the world working in the IT sector who can speak Malayalam.” The finale with the ultimate 5 members shall be carried out as a standard Zoom session the place they arrive face to face with the adjudicators.

Sisters Neethu M and Priti Jacob strive to make it to Thiruvananthapuram for his or her father’s birthday yearly. Neethu lives in New Carolina, whereas Jacob in Bengaluru and one other sister in New York. This 12 months Thiruvonam coincides together with his 83rd birthday, August 31. The sisters will be part of the double celebrations nearly by way of a Zoom name. “The sadya will be earlier in the day there; we will be ‘present’ when Acha cuts the cake at 6 pm IST,” says Neethu.

For Vazhakkulam-based designer Jebin Johny a virtual Onam is nothing new. Like yearly, this time too the pookkalam and sadya shall be ‘with’ his sister and household based mostly in Christchurch (New Zealand). The designer says, “This is how it is for us — Onam, Christmas or Vishu. This way the family gets to celebrate together albeit on a video call.” The focus this 12 months, as all the time, has not shifted: it’s about celebrating.

You have reached your restrict at no cost articles this month.

To get full entry, please subscribe.

Already have an account ? Sign in

Show Less Plan

Subscription Benefits Include

Today’s Paper

Find mobile-friendly model of articles from the day’s newspaper in a single easy-to-read listing.

Faster pages

Move easily between articles as our pages load immediately.

Unlimited Access

Enjoy studying as many articles as you would like with none limitations.


A one-stop-shop for seeing the newest updates, and managing your preferences.

Personalised suggestions

A choose listing of articles that match your pursuits and tastes.


We temporary you on the newest and most vital developments, thrice a day.

*Our Digital Subscription plans don’t at present embrace the e-paper ,crossword, iPhone, iPad cell purposes and print. Our plans improve your studying expertise.

Leave a Reply