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Happy Onam 2019: Malayalis celebrate the harvest festival across India

From a nine-course feast called Onasadya to festivities called Onakalikal, Onam is the most important annual festival for Malayalis.

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Onam is celebrated with much fanfare not only in Kerala but by Malayalis across the world. The 10-day festival concludes with Thiruvonam, which - according to folklore - is said to be the day when the beloved demon king Mahabali visits earth. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

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Pune: Members of malayali community arranging the "Athapookkalam" (flowerbed) at the Ayyappa temple at Rastapeth ahead of Onam that falls on Wednesday. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

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People take photos while celebrating Onam festival in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

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A mahout sits between elephants which are participating in festivities marking the annual harvest festival of Onam at a temple on the outskirts of Kochi. (Reuters)

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From a nine-course feast called Onasadya to festivities called Onakalikal, Onam is the most important annual festival for Malayalis.(Express photo by Arul Horizon)

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Interestingly, Onam is celebrated to welcome and honour a demon king. According to popular legend, it is said that on Thiruvonam, the spirit of the demon (asura) King Mahabali visits Kerala and the festival is a preparation to welcome him. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

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Games and plays are big part of the celebrations. Here, college students participate in a tug of war competition during Onam celebrations at a school in KoCHI. (PTI)