Malayalees across the world celebrated Onam on Monday with elaborate celebrations including the grand feast. Onam is a 10-day festival celebrated in the southern state Kerala. While large scale festivities marked the main day of the harvest festival, Thiruvonam on Monday Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor took to Facebook sharing video of a group of Christian nuns doing the traditional dance called Thiruvathirakali or or Kaikottikali. The video shows the nuns dancing to a Malayalam song around a pookalam or flower designs. Tharoor shared the video on Facebook saying that it depicts the ‘oneness’ in the state despite differences in religious beliefs. In the video, 10 Christian nuns dressed in the traditional white habit and black head scarf can be seen dancing around the floral carpet.
He shared the video clip saying, “This is what makes Kerala God’s Own Country! Christian sisters performing Thiruvathirakali (a Hindu group dance) is not a rare sight in Kerala during Onam; it celebrates the spirit of oneness and prosperity.” The video has gone viral since then with over 15,000 likes and more than 1,83,000 views. Social media users, particularly from Kerala, are hailing the nuns for ‘forward thinking’ and celebrating the festival with equal fervour.
Here is the Facebook post:
Thiruvathirakkali or kaikottikali is a traditional dance performed by women mostly as a part of Onam celebrations in Kerala. Traditionally, woman dress in the kasavu mundu (traditional Kerala sari), and dance in a circle around pookalam praising the prosperity of the state.