Express Chat: Why Amit Shah Got Trolled On Wishing Vaman Jayanti On The Eve Of Onam

Every year on the day of ‘Thiruvonam’, in the Malayalam month of Chingam, obese men with potbellies dress up as ‘Mahabali’, sort of the Indian version of Santa Claus, and descend upon the streets of Kerala, blessing people on the way. Across offices, residential colonies and schools, Mahabalis abound, dressed in king’s attire, complete with a palm-leaf umbrella. For centuries, the character born out of mythological lore, has been the focal-point of Onam, Kerala’s biggest and most celebrated festival. But this year, an attempt to dislodge Mahabali and add a religious hue to Onam is in order in the state.

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