August 21, 2021 8:40:01 pm
The Congress MP tweeted a video from his ancestral home in Kerala’s Palakkad. In the video, he is seen wearing traditional clothes–a red kurta and white and gold mundu–and enjoying himself on a swing, adorned in yellow flowers and hanging from a tree branch.
Tharoor said the the tradition is usually observed by young girls.
There’s an Onam swing tradition that one normally leaves to young girls. I was persuaded to get into the spirit of things this year. Happy Onam! pic.twitter.com/Z23nJ9Fmfp
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 21, 2021
The swinging tradition is known as Oonjal and comprises an integral part of Onam festivities. In the days leading to Thiruonam, a swing is slung on a high branch of a tree and decorated with flowers, according to theholidayspot.com. Youngsters love this ritual. It is also accompanied by several folk songs dedicated to the tradition.
Earlier, Tharoor also shared some glimpses of Onam celebrations from his ancestral home. Take a look:
As part of our Onam celebrations, “Puthari” puja at my ancestral home, Mundarath House, Elavanchery, Palakkad district, Kerala. Happy Onam! pic.twitter.com/ZxYd2sPhR8
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 20, 2021
Onam is a harvest festival that commemorates king Mahabali and is primarily celebrated in Kerala. It usually falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. The three main days of the festival this year are between August 21-23.
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