MEMBERS of Burton’s Keralite community gathered at the Priory Centre in Stretton to mark the biggest and most important festival of their homeland at the weekend.
Dozens of people, including East Staffordshire mayor Councillor Michael Rodgers and Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, turned out for Onam on Saturday, when they celebrated with singing, dancing, games and other traditional activities, making it a great day for everyone who was there.
According to legend, Onam is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit the state of Kerala at this time of year.
The harvest festival traditionally lasts from four to ten days, with the first and last days the most important.
In India, there is a grand feast called Onasadya and a snake boat race which is held on the River Pampa.
Games which take place in the celebrations are determined by gender.