Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy Onam Greetings | Onam Wallpapers | Onam 2011 SMS | Onam Messages

Onam (ഓണം) is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King 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.


Onam is an ancient festival which still survives in the Modern times. Kerala's rice harvest festival and the festival of rain flowers which fell on the Malayalam month of Chingam celebrated the annual visit from pathalam of the very noble Demon King Mahabali. Onam is unique since king Mahabali is revered by people of Kerala from prehistory.
According to the legend, Kerala witnessed its golden era during the reign of King Mahabali. Everybody in the state was happy and prosperous and the king was highly regarded by his subjects. He was that much highly regarded among the subjects that even the Gods under Indra became jealous of Mahabali, they approached Mahavishnu claiming that Mahabali is now equivalent to an Indra. Since a world with two Indras represents imbalance, Mahavishnu assumed the form of a dwarf: the Vamana avatara had tricked him to Pathalam, the Underworld. However, as Mahabali is equal to an Indra, he is to wait until the next Yuga where he would be the Indra. In the meantime, with the grace of Mahavishnu, Mahabali visits his people on an annual basis. Mahavishnu serves Mahabali as a gatekeeper in the world of Pathalam as the Lord himself serves his greatest devotees.
It is this visit of Mahabali that is celebrated as Onam every year. People including children celebrate the festival in a grand way and impress upon their dear King that they are happy and wish him well.

The rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival. The most impressive part of Onam celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.

Another enchanting feature of Onam is Vallamkali, the Snake Boat Race, held on the river Pampa. It is a colourful sight to watch the decorated boat oared by hundreds of boatmen amidst chanting of songs and cheering by spectators and viewers.
There is also a tradition to play games, collectively called Onakalikal, on Onam. Men go in for rigorous sports like Talappanthukali (played with a ball), Ambeyyal (Archery), Kutukutu and combats called Kayyankali and Attakalam. Women indulge in cultural activities. They make intricately designed flower mats called, Pookalam in the front courtyard of the house to welcome King Mahabali. Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal are two graceful dances performed by women on Onam. Folk performances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali add to the zest of celebrations.

Mahabali's rule is considered the golden era of Kerala. The following song is often sung over Onam:

“Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam,
manusharellarum onnupole
amodhathode vasikkum kalam
kallavum illa chathiyumilla
ellolamilla polivachanam
kallapparayum cherunazhiyum
kallatharangal mattonnumilla
adhikal vyadhikalonnumilla
balamaranangal kelppanilla"

Onam Song Video

 The celebrations of Onam start on Atham day, 10 days before Thiruonam. The 10 days are part of the traditional Onam celebrations and each day has its own importance in various rituals and traditions. Earthen mounds, which look somewhat like square pyramids, representing Mahabali and Vamana (an Avatar of Vishnu) are placed in the dung-plastered courtyards in front of the house and beautifully decorated with flowers. Known as ‘Onapookkalam’, it is a carpet made out of the gathered blossoms with one or two varieties of foliage of differing tints pinched up into little pieces to serve the decorator’s purpose. It is a beautiful work of art accomplished with a delicate touch and a highly artistic sense of tone and blending. (In a similar manner North Indians make something called “Rangoli” which is made of powders of various colors.) When completed, a miniature pandal, hung with little festoons is erected over it.

Onam Messages | Onam SMS

 May the color and
lights of Onam fill
your home with happiness
and joy. My heartful
wishes on Onam.

Thumpayum Thulasiyum Mukkutti Poovum
Pinne manassil niraye ahladavumayi
Itha oru Onam koodi varavayi….

May this ONAM bring you
the most brightest and choicest happiness
and love you have ever Wished for.
Wishing you a very HAPPY ONAM.

Kainiraye Kadavum..
Muttam Niraye Kadakarum..
Kayyil 5 Paisayum Elland…
pinnayum avan varavay..
Wish a Happy Onam

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Eid ul Fitr Ramadan Greetings

Eid Al Fitr is a day of joy and thanksgiving. On this day, Muslims show their joy for the health, strength and opportunities of life, which Allah has given them to fulfill their obligations of fasting and other good deeds during the month of Ramadan. It is considered unholy to fast on this day. It is also a day of forgetting old grudges and ill feelings towards others.  

Eid in India

Muslims form India is largest minority and constitute almost 12% of the country's total population. Islam is also the most recent religion added to India. Islam came to India in 12th century AD and began interacting with the Indian culture, particularly under the Mughal era. Needless to say, it was a mutually enriching experience.

File:Mehndi design.jpg
In Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the night before Eid is called Chaand Raat, which means, "Night of the Moon." Muslims in these countries will often visit bazaars and shopping malls with their families for Eid shopping. Women, especially younger girls, will often apply the traditional Mehndi, or henna, on their hands and feet and wear colorful bangles.

In India, some popular places for Muslims to congregate to celebrate Eid at this time include the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, Aishbagh Idgah in Lucknow; in Kolkata there is a prayer held on Red Road. Muslims turn out in the thousands, as there is a lot of excitement surrounding the celebration of this festival. Eid is a public holiday and is celebrated all over India. It is common for non-Muslims to visit their Muslim friends and neighbours on Eid to convey their good wishes.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bookworm Deluxe Game for Word Making, Vocabulary Building & Educational Fun

Bookworm Deluxe - Screen 1 

Bookworm Deluxe is the Word Game for Everyone!

In Bookworm Deluxe, it's up to you to click on adjacent letters in order to form words that can be "chomped" by the Lex the bookworm. But, If you use too many small words, burning tiles will appear and you must clear them before they hit bottom or the whole library burns down and your game is over.

Bookworm Deluxe Game Video

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 A Great Way to Strengthen the Entire Family's Vocabulary!

This game is educational for the young and young and heart. Form words you never even knew existed and learn the spelling and definitions of rarely heard English words.
The longer the words, or more obscure the letters used in the words, the more points for you.

Get Addicted to Words!

In this "can't-turn-it-off" game, your brain goes into overdrive. It takes focus to see words upside-down, backwards, sideways, diagonal and any combination in between.
It's hard to stop playing once you start, but if you have to the game will save your progress automatically and you can return to your game with ease.

Bookworm Deluxe - Screen 2 

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 Two Game Modes Give You Options

There is the Classic Game, which provides a more relaxing gaming experience and also the Action Game option. In Action Game mode, burning tiles are dropped into the grid at an alarming pace and will burn through letters without any warning.

Lex is There to Help

Lex the Bookworm will make green tiles appear randomly. Using these tiles increases your word score.
If you make words using 5 or more letters, you earn a gold tile. Use the gold tile and multiply your bonus points even more.

Become Wise With Words and Move Your Way Up!

You can earn ranks and titles such as clerk, scribe, librarian and editor. The Hall of Fame feature will record your Top Scores, Best Words and Longest Words.

Challenge Yourself Over and Over Again

Play against or with friends or family over and over again in Bookworm Deluxe. It's fun and easy, but can also be challenging.

Bookworm Deluxe - Screen 3 

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 Calling All Word Game Enthusiasts!

Enjoy Scrabble, Boggle and crossword puzzles? Bookworm Deluxe is the perfect way to improve your spelling and vocabulary and have a good time doing it.

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