Onam festival brings colours and smells of Indian cuisine to Armadale


Enjoying the Onam festival in Armadale were (back) Jayan Menon, Linson Baby, Grazy Lal, Mohan Lal, Anoop Kurup, Anish Varughese, Dinesh Bhaskar, Pinky Dinesh, Susan Mathews, Soby Mathews, Biji Prabi, Jitesh Asokan, Regina Vibin, Vibin Viswabharan, Priyanka Paul, Biju Paul, Retheesh Pinarayi, Sanal Panicker, Joji Maveli, (front) Sarah Linson, Arya Kurup, Rini Varughese, Divya Menon, Indu Jithesh, Sindhu Retheesh and Aswathy Panicker.
Enjoying the Onam festival in Armadale were (back) Jayan Menon, Linson Baby, Grazy Lal, Mohan Lal, Anoop Kurup, Anish Varughese, Dinesh Bhaskar, Pinky Dinesh, Susan Mathews, Soby Mathews, Biji Prabi, Jitesh Asokan, Regina Vibin, Vibin Viswabharan, Priyanka Paul, Biju Paul, Retheesh Pinarayi, Sanal Panicker, Joji Maveli, (front) Sarah Linson, Arya Kurup, Rini Varughese, Divya Menon, Indu Jithesh, Sindhu Retheesh and Aswathy Panicker.

A COLOURFUL and vibrant festival was held by a group of Indian immigrants in Armadale to celebrate harvest, including a lunch comprising 32 vegetarian dishes.

The Onam festival was organised by the Phoenix Association and was attended by 75 people at the Armadale Badminton Centre.

“This festival teaches lessons of love, brotherhood, happiness, contentment, loyalty, sharing and prosperity,” association spokesman Sanal Panicker said.

“Cultural events were conducted as part of the celebrations such as flower carpet, dance, music and folk art forms, followed by an ethnic lunch called Onasadya.”

Mr Panicker said the lunch was regarded as one of the most opulent feasts ever prepared by mankind.

He said the festival was also an opportunity for the association to thank the local community for their support and appreciate the freedom they enjoy in Australia.

He said Onam was a 10-day festival celebrated by the people in Kerala, a South Indian state.

“It unites different communities not only within Kerala, but also the six million Keralites spread across the world,” he said.

Most of the attendees visited Armadale from Rossmoyne, Willetton and Canning Vale to take part in the festival held on September 25.